School nursing services

School nursing services provide specialist nursing care, advice and support to school-age children and young people to enable optimal health and wellbeing.

School nursing services provide a valuable link between health and education services. The service includes school nurses, community nurses and healthcare assistants. They work in partnership with each child and their family, as well as other professionals including health visitors, general practitioners (GPs), community dentists, dieticians, physiotherapists, hospitals, teachers, social workers, and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) where appropriate.

The teams visits schools regularly to provide a wide range of services at different ages and stages. Services  promote the good health and wellbeing of school-aged children and young people and include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma support and education
  • Child protection
  • Diabetes and epilepsy
  • Education, training and support is offered to all schools to assist with managing children with chronic disease, long term conditions and management of anaphylaxis in schools
  • Enuresis (bedwetting) and daytime wetting or soiling
  • Exercise and healthy eating
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Immunisations programme
  • Weighing and measuring

Children with special needs

If a child is not making progress at school, he/she may need additional support from other services. The school nurse acts as the key health professional for these children in coordinating health information from other professionals and attending and contributing to school assessments.

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