Longford Health Centre Tel: 02476 646796
Coventry City Council provide a named School Nurse in each school in Coventry, to enable children and young people to take responsibility for their own health and to adopt a healthy lifestyle. We also develop the public health role of the School Nurse by assessing health needs of the school community, planning and implementing programmes which promote and protect health. We also work with other agencies to address wider threats to health and to reduce inequalities of health.
The School Nursing Team is based at the Paybody Unit, City of Coventry Health Centre, and in health centres around the city.
There is a clinical leader, two team leaders, qualified nurses and support staff. Some nurses have extra qualifications in:
- School nursing
- Children's nursing
- Family planning
- Health promotion
- Mental Health
- Behaviour management
We Can Offer
- Height and weight measurement
- Health interviews for parents/children
- Specific advice and health information for any child, parent or other agency
- Programmes of care for children who have particular needs (eg disability, behaviour)
- Confidential drop in sessions for young people
- Drop in sessions for parents
- Bed wetting clinics
- Contributions to the planning and evaluation of Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum at school
- Specific advice for parents/teachers/children on asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, special needs, severe allergies etc
- Workshops for parents/children/teachers (eg smoking, stress management)
- Expertise in formulating policies with education staff (eg no smoking policy, medicines policy for children who have medical needs in school)
- Training for teachers on health conditions
- Contributes toward National Healthy School Standards
- Assessment of Public Health needs in school and work towards addressing them (eg water in school campaign)
- Named health professional for school aged children where there are child protection concerns
- Profiling health needs of schools
- Direct referral to CAMHS and other services such as speech and language, physiotherapy and occupational therapy as well as other voluntary services such as "Time for You" and "Vibes"
Who do we Liaise With?
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Acute Hospital Services A&E
- Community Paediatrics
- Other health departments within the PCT
- Health Visitors
- Sexual Health Services
- Voluntary organisations
- Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinator
- Social Services
- Youth Service
A School Nurse will always encourage a young person to discuss concerns and problems with their parents/guardians. The nurse will not discuss confidential information with their parents (or others) unless permission has been given by the young person, except in the following circumstances:
- Abuse is suspected
- The life of the client or another is at risk
- When considered to be in the wider public interest (e.g. serious crime, drug trafficking)
- They are required by law or order of a court (NMC, 2002)
The school nursing service follows Coventry Safeguarding Children’s Board Interagency Child Protection Procedures and NHS Coventry Child Protection Policies Procedures and standards.
National Healthy School Standard
School nurses are developing a role within this initiative. The aim to reduce inequalities, promote social inclusion and raise education attainment. Many School Nurses participate by membership of local school steering groups.
More details can be found at: Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership
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