The School Nursing Service are a team of health professionals lead by a school nurse and supported by community staff nurses, nursery nurses, clinical support workers and administrative staff. School Nurses are qualified nurses with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. We are skilled in identifying health problems or concerns early, to provide early support. School nurses lead and deliver the healthy child programme for 5-19 year olds. It is a programme for children, young people and their families which focuses on early intervention and prevention, offering research based guidance on development reviews, immunisations, screenings, and healthy choices. We work with local communities, the whole family, and individual children in different settings e.g. homes, children’s centres, schools, and GP surgeries.
We help support the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. We provide advice on healthy choices e.g. healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse. We work with other health professionals to provide specific support for families with complex needs such as diabetes and asthma, so your child can continue to enjoy their education at school. We offer the childhood immunisation programme which ensures your child is protected against disease and infection. We deliver the national Child measurement program and regular weigh and measure child in certain schools year.
If your child meets our service criteria your child will be offered an assessment with a school nurse– this usually takes place in a local clinic or the child’s school. You are encouraged to attend this appointment where you can ask questions and the nurse will explain their findings, give advice and suggest further support options if required.
- On-going support may be in the form of 1-1 sessions in a clinic or school,
- access to an appropriate groups,
- advice and training to other professionals and parents
- self-care advice so that parents/carers can work at home with their child
- Referral to another appropriate health professional such as a specialist nurse, mental health service or paediatrician.
Advice and training for parents and professionals is an important part of our work so that everyone involved with your child understands the best ways to help and support him or her. The service is delivered from schools, clinics, Children’s Centres.
A School Nurse must have a professional qualification in nursing and be registered members Nursing and Midwifery Council. Nursery Nurses and Clinical Support worker also work within the team. They have additional training in working with school aged children and work under supervision from a qualified nurse.