Leeds trust looks to online consent for school immunisations

Supplier sought to provide digital tool

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An NHS trust in Leeds is seeking to implement a digital platform to allow parents to consent to their children receiving immunisations at school.

A newly published contract notice from the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust outlines that the Leeds Community Healthcare Trust “is seeking suitable suppliers of an e-consent system for school immunisation”.

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Such a system would allow parents to use a digital tool – rather than a paper form – to provide or decline consent for their child to be immunised at school. Other trusts around the country have implemented online systems for parental consent for vaccines that safeguard against illnesses such as the human papillomavirus and flu.

The online forms – such as this one provided to parents of schoolchildren served by the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust – typically ask parents to enter a school code and provide details of themselves and their children, before indicating whether they consent to the vaccination.

The trust, which did not specify the potential value of the project, is looking to appoint a supplier to a three-year contract, commencing on 1 November. Bids are open until 11 September.

Public Health England provides downloadable templates for paper consent forms, as well as letters trusts can send to parents and headteachers. 

Sam Trendall

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