School Nurses are specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN – SN), and they lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP).
Their additional training in public health helps them to support children and young people in making healthy lifestyle choices, improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people, and enabling them to reach their full potential and enjoy life.
School Nurses work across education and health, providing a link between school, home, and the community. They work young people aged 12 to 19, up to the age of 25 for people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families. In addition to this, they also work in collaboration with their Health Visiting colleagues to support primary school-age children and the staff within schools.
School Nurses work with families, education settings and communities to improve access, experience, outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
These are the level of services they provide:
Describes a range of health services (including GP and community services) for children, young people and families. Health Visitors and School Nurses will be involved in developing and providing these and making sure you know about them.
Your health visiting and school nursing team provides the Healthy Child Programme to ensure a healthy start for every child. This includes promoting good health through education and health checks, and promoting health through immunisations and identifying problems early.
Provides a swift response from your health visiting and school nursing service when you need specific expert help, which might be identified through a health check, or through providing accessible services. This could include managing long term health issues and additional health needs, reassurance about a health worry, advice on sexual health, and support for emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Universal Partnership Plus
Delivers ongoing support by your health visiting and school nursing service as part of a range of local services, working together and with you/your family to deal with more complex problems over a longer time period.
There are six high impact areas revealed within the HCP where School Nurses aim to make the biggest difference to child health outcomes
ChatHealth Message Service for young people
ChatHealth is a secure, anonymous and confidential text messaging service for young people 11 to 19 years of age, up to the age of 25 for people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, living or educated within the East Riding.
ChatHealth has experienced public health and specialist public health nurses online waiting to respond to messages from young people. All users need to do is text 07507 332891 to start a conversation.
Making Every Contact Count
Every member of our team use the MECC ‘Making Every Contact Count’ approach when working alongside parents to be, children and families. Using this approach ensures that we maximise the collective support we can provide within the local region. Our aim is to fully utilise the multitude of day to day interactions that we have with parents to be, children and families to support positive changes to physical and mental health and wellbeing.
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