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‘The population of young people is growing and has ever diverse health needs. School Nurses play a key role in preventing risky behaviours in young people, and fostering healthy patterns of behaviour to be continued into adult life. An increase in both the prevalence of key health issues and the size of our young population has increased demand for School Nurses.

Schools are now able to enhance the school nursing service by commissioning additional regular hours. This additional support for the school creates opportunities for regular health interventions to assess universal health, risk and protective factors, family health, emotional health and well being, lifestyle choices and lifestyle behaviour and services. A commissioned service provides a proactive method with which to uncover often hidden needs of pupils and direct early intervention; this supports better outcomes for children and young people, particularly those with complex or longer term needs.

School Nurses can also work with schools in delivering their PHSE program. Research suggests that School Nurses make a positive contribution to PHSE sessions in schools, and that information on certain issues is delivered more effectively by an outside agency.

The list below outlines the various packages that schools can commission from the school nursing team, however we are also more than happy to develop bespoke packages tailored to the needs of a particular school. Just get in touch for a chat about your particular needs.’

Additional Screening - Vision and Hearing Screening

Additional Screening - Vision and Hearing Screening

These screening sessions aim to detect refractive errors and hearing impairments, in order to ensure that issues can be identified early, reducing the risk of academic underachievement and the longer term risks relating to mental health issues and a reduced quality of life.

Secondary school sessions

Secondary school sessions

During secondary school, students can face complex and difficult situations both within the school environment and externally. These packages aim to promote an understanding of various issues to ensure that students learn positive ways of coping with stress and emotions, achieve their full potential, and develop healthily during adolescence. They cover issues of:

  • Alcohol
  • Babysitting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • Emotional Well-being and Self-harm
  • Self-esteem/body image
  • Sex and relationships
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Teen health checks

Primary school sessions

Primary school sessions

Primary school sessions

These packages aim to ensure that children are equipped with knowledge around certain issues and are able to discuss them if they have concerns or anxieties. Ultimately, they aim to enable children to fulfil their potential both in relation to health needs and their social and emotional wellbeing. The packages cover:

  • Dental Care
  • Drugs
  • Healthy Eating
  • Hygiene
  • Medicine Safety
  • Puberty and Growing Up
  • Smoking
  • Transition to secondary school

Speech and Language Therapy for staff

Speech and Language Therapy for staff

Our approach is to work collaboratively, sharing skills and ensuring that the Speech and Language Therapy targets are embedded into daily activities with schools. This enhanced service is an opportunity to further develop the knowledge and skills of those working within the school setting, to support this approach and maximise the child's learning.

Health fairs/ Lifestyle events

Health fairs/ Lifestyle events

These events promote a positive sense of health, whereby children and young people can make use of their physical, mental and emotional capabilities. This will help them reach their full potential for achievement and improve their resilience when things go wrong in life.

Parent and carer sessions

Parent and carer sessions

These packages focus upon promoting and supporting positive parenting, giving parents the knowledge and tools to ensure that their children are able to reach their full potential within the school setting. There are a variety of packages focussing on:

  • Behaviour
  • Head lice
  • Healthy eating
  • Ready for school
  • Toilet training
  • New School entrants (Reception Children)

Staff sessions

Staff sessions

Asthma - This course is designed to teach school staff how to support children in recognising and dealing with this condition, and for the school as a whole to develop the way they facilitate its management.

For more information on these packages:

Contact our School Nursing Team via:

Trish Thornton, School Nurse Team Leader
patricia.thornton@locala.org.uk
030 3330 9312