Our School Nursing team consists of school nurses (Specialist Community Public Health Nurses), staff nurses, community nursery nurses, healthcare support workers and family support workers, who all work together to deliver services to school-aged children and young people. The School Nursing team is part of the wider Family Health service.
What services do school nurses provide?
The School Nursing team provides services in a variety of places such as schools, in the local family hubs, and at home where needed. We also provide online appointments and a text messaging service for young people.
The team has knowledge and skills in many areas including nutrition, healthy lifestyles and mental health. We can provide a range of support, for example when children or young people have anxiety or concerns around their own health, or if concerns are raised in assessments, and we can also refer to other services. We work with a range of different people like the school, GP, or other health and social care professionals.
Where needed and in agreement with a child or young person and their parents or carers (depending on their age), we can make a plan of care which may include school, signposting to information for you or completing a referral.
Read a more detailed summary of how the School Nursing service can support you and your family.
For any enquiries for the School Nursing team, contact 01274 221203.
We have a specialist service called school nursing special needs for children in special schools – you can find out more about this service here.
The type of support our school nursing special needs team offers includes:
- Providing training and support to staff within an educational, care or out of school setting to facilitate children with disabilities and complex health needs accessing and achieving their optimal learning, social and play potential from the age of 4-19 years of age.
- Undertaking a health needs assessment on all children with complex health needs to identify specific intervention and support required and developing a care plan.
- Providing nursing care to children with disabilities and complex health needs where required.
- Working collaboratively with paediatricians, education staff, parents and carers to prevent deterioration of complex conditions within this group of vulnerable children by promoting a healthy lifestyle tailored to individual needs.
- Supporting teaching staff and developing a role in the planning and the delivering of health education programmes to meet the needs of disabled and complex health needs children.
- Supporting education staff and providing a systematic approach to identifying training needs within Special schools, facilitating a planned programme of delivery.
School nursing special needs
Westbourne Green Health Centre
50 Heaton Road
Telephone: 01274 221203