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BCHC wins contract to provide Sandwell school nursing

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BCHC is the new provider of mainstream school nursing in Sandwell.

Birmingham Community Healthcare is pleased to announce that, from April, the Trust is the new provider of mainstream school nursing services in Sandwell.

After successfully bidding to provide universal healthcare services for schoolchildren throughout the borough of Sandwell, the Trust was awarded 'preferred provider' status for the contract, which will operate for three years with the potential to extend for a further two.

The service commissioner is Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC).

BCHC currently provides a school nurse service in mainstream and special schools throughout Birmingham. The opportunity to provide services in the neighbouring borough of Sandwell will strengthen the existing team, enrich the mix of skills and experience further.

Chief executive Tracy Taylor said: “This is excellent news for BCHC as it strengthens our position amongst commissioners and in the local health economy as the ‘provider of choice’ – something we always strive to be.

"On behalf of the board, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the team of Sandwell school nurses. We are delighted to have you join our Trust.”

Dr Doug Simkiss, clinical director for the children and families division, said: “We are really pleased and excited about the opportunity to work in Sandwell.

“The profile of children in Sandwell is similar to that of Birmingham, including challenges of diversity and safeguarding. The service model developed will ensure that school nurses, supported by a school health team, can deliver services across each secondary school and primary school in Sandwell.”

Karen Hansford, head of services for 5- to 19-year-olds, said: “I am really looking forward to working with the school health nursing team from Sandwell and the opportunity we will have to share good practice across the two areas.

"This is a really exciting time for school nursing and by working together we will be able to make a difference for our local children, young people and their families.”