The School Health Team will provide a visible and accessible School Health Service for young people in mainstream schools through the provision of support and advice maximising the young personís potential to achieve a positive state of health and wellbeing.
As Specialist Public Health Practitioners our aim is to work in partnership with families, health, education and social care.
The school Health Team comprises of
- School Nurses: SCPHN are Specialist Community Public Health nurses who are highly qualified nurses with an additional degree in public health which specifically relates to the health needs of the school aged population.
- School Nurses: These are experience paediatric nurses working in the community.
- Community Staff Nurses: a registered nurse with additional experience in public health, child health and development.
- Nursing Associates: have completed 2 years of the nursing foundation course and have excellent skills in health education and will work closely with young people on specific targeted work.
- Health Care Assistant: have experience and specific training to work with children and young people in schools and in the community.
- School Health Administrator: supports the administrative function of the team including the duty line.
How can School Nurses help?
We offer training :
- Health training sessions to all school staff on management of emergency medication in schools [anaphylaxis, epilepsy, asthma].
- Health promotion sessions to school staff, parents and young people on a variety of topics such as enuresis, diet & nutrition, personal hygiene , body changes, sleep routines and oral health.
We offer screening:
- Reception year vision and hearing
- Reception year Health Questionnaire
- The National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP) Reception/Year 6.
- Health Needs Assessments
We offer support and advice regarding the following:
- Supporting schools and families to ensure care plans for those children with long term conditions are appropriate for the school environment.
- Physical and emotional health and well being.
- Advice regarding weight, relationships, sexual health, smoking and substance misuse
- Advice and signposting for schools when managing children and young people with health or behavioural needs
- All children who have an identified health need and have been identified as having a concern which meets the criteria for engagement with social care.
- Some health and wellbeing issues may be resolved by signposting young people and families to the Whittington Health website to find supportive information and advice that parents, young people and professionals may find useful.
Who can access our services?
- The school nursing service provides health services for children and young people aged 5 -19 who attend mainstream state funded schools [e.g. local authority schools, academies or free schools] within Islington.