Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust (LGT) has been awarded the contract to continue to provide Public Health Nursing Services for 0–19-year-olds in the London Borough of Lewisham. These services include health visiting, school-age nursing and Family Nurse Partnership. The contract, worth around £9 million per year, will run for four years from April 2023, with a possible extension for a further three years.
The Trust’s bid for the contract gained particular credit for its emphasis on addressing health inequalities in the borough, engagement with the local community, working with other agencies, safeguarding of both children and adults, and a focus on young people’s mental health.
LGT’s public health nursing services aim to give every child the best start in life, focusing on under-represented communities, building resilience for children and young people, enabling them to be healthy, develop and learn. This is fully in line with the Trust’s overall strategic priorities in how LGT works with local partners to provide the best possible care to the people of Lewisham.
Hazel Gleed, Divisional Director of Operations, Women, Children and Sexual Health at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust said, “LGT is committed to providing excellent quality care to the people of Lewisham. So much of our important work is carried out in the community, meeting and helping people in the places where they live, study or work, and this contract gives us the opportunity to continue with that. Working with young people in particular means that we can bring real benefits to them, and their families, at a crucial time in their lives.”
Ben Travis, LGT Chief Executive, said, “We’re immensely pleased and proud to have won this contract. As a Trust, our strategic priorities include a key focus on engaging with our communities outside of the hospital environment and building relationships with local people that will benefit them in the long term. Working with children and young people is central to that aim.”
LGT’s connections with the community are extensive, both in the many community-based services the Trust provides, as well as in its capacity as one of the largest employers in South East London. The Trust is fully committed to making those connections count, and to working in the community to deliver the greatest benefit to the local population.