School health: School nurses

  • Website The role of health visitors and school nurses: supporting the health and wellbeing of military families

    This document supports health visitors and school nurses to deliver improved outcomes, and outlines aspirations for service delivery.

    Publisher: Public Health England (PHE)
    Published Date: 19/11/2015

  • Website Helping school nurses to tackle child sexual exploitation

    This pathway is designed to clarify the role of the school nursing service regarding child sexual exploitation. A new version of the pathway is available (2 October 2015).

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 02/10/2015

  • Website Supporting children, young people and families and communities to be safer, healthier and to reduce youth crime

    This pathway provides guidance to school nurses and youth justice professionals working with young people who are in the youth justice system or at risk of being involved. It sets out the rationale for effective partnership working and pulls together the core principles to help local areas develop their own local frameworks to support effective working.

    Publisher: Public Health England (PHE)
    Published Date: 02/10/2015

  • Website Health visiting and school nursing partnership – pathways for supporting health visitor and school nurse interface and improved partnership working

    A new version of the 'Health visiting and school nursing partnership pathways' is available. This pathway is guidance to support professionals to deliver improved outcomes, and outlines aspirations for service delivery. The guidance will assist in the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme and will help local areas to shape their services.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 02/10/2015

  • Website Transition to the school nursing service

    The Queen’s Nursing Institute has created a new online learning resource for nurses who are new to working in the school nursing service. The resource contains 11 chapters, on subjects including safeguarding, integrating children with special health needs, working with other community professionals, and career development.

    Publisher: Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI)
    Published Date: 24/08/2015

  • Website Can school nurses identify mental health needs early and provide effective advice and support?

    This article aims to explore and analyse primary research regarding the role of the school nurse in providing care for children and young people with mental health needs.

    Publisher: British Journal of School Nursing
    Published Date: 20/04/2015

  • Website Childhood behavioural problems (briefings)

    Nine briefings which set out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. They also look at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. There are briefings for various groups including GPs; schools’ midwives, health visitors and school nurses; child social workers; Troubled Families teams; substance misuse staff; housing professionals; prison officers; and justice professionals. The link also includes the short video made by parents for parents to show them what parenting programmes look like and the impact they have.

    Publisher: Centre for Mental Health
    Published Date: 11/04/2014

  • Website Using texts to increase access to school nurses (Journal article)

    A project to make school nursing services in two secondary schools more accessible enabled young people to contact their school nurse using a mobile texting service

    Publisher: Nursing Times
    Published Date: 21/03/2014

  • Website Getting to know your health visiting and school nursing service

    This information sharing leaflet for the health visiting and school nursing services has been developed by the Department of Health. The leaflet is aimed at parents and includes sections on: What your local service does; Who are health visitors and school nurses?; How can health visitors support you and your child 0-5 years?; How can school nurses support you and your child 5-19 years?

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 15/02/2014

  • Website School nurse champions - putting young people at the heart of school nursing

    The British Youth Council and the North West Regional Youth Work Unit have developed a package of support to help schools to develop a school nurse champion scheme.

    Publisher: British Youth Council
    Published Date: 16/01/2014

  • Website Supporting children and young people with diabetes: RCN guidance for nurses in schools and early years settings

    This document outlines the principles that health care professionals and education staff should apply to ensure the needs of children and young people with diabetes are met. The aim is to ensure that children and young people receive appropriate intensive therapies, without prejudicing their health or education.

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 09/12/2013

  • Website School and community nurses supporting young carers

    This online resource aims to help school nurses and their teams to support young carers – that is, children and young people with caring responsibilities. It will also be of interest to children’s community nurses and health visitors.

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 08/12/2013

  • Website The smartphone generation: mobile messaging with young people

    This short video explains how a new app has been helping school nurses interact with pupils from the ‘smartphone generation’.

    Publisher: PavPubTV
    Published Date: 07/11/2013

  • Website CYP1st: New model of school nursing newsletter

    This newsletter is for school nurses and for commissioners of school nursing services in North West England.

    Publisher: CYP1st
    Published Date: 01/10/2013

  • Website Teach asthma a lesson next term!

    There is a dramatic rise in the number of children rushed to hospital for their asthma in the autumn term. In order to reverse this frightening statistic, Asthma UK has launched a ‘Teach asthma a lesson next term!’ campaign to urge parents, healthcare professionals and schools to act now to help prevent the ‘back to school’ asthma epidemic.

    Publisher: Asthma UK
    Published Date: 06/09/2013

  • Website NHS Careers: school nursing toolkit

    School nurses are in a unique position to talk to young people about their career as a school nurse. This toolkit takes a fresh look at what modern-day school nurses do and the difference they make to young people and their families. It contains all the information and materials you need to talk to young people about school nursing as a career option, perhaps as part of a careers talk.

    Publisher: NHS Careers
    Published Date: 01/08/2013

  • Website Domestic violence and abuse – professional guidance (Health visiting and school nursing programmes: supporting implementation of the new service model)

    This guidance helps health professionals to recognise factors that may indicate domestic violence and abuse and describes steps to ensure appropriate support and referral where necessary. It highlights best practice, information and learning resources. This guidance acknowledges that because of the role of midwives, health visitors and school nurses, they are often one of the first to become aware of domestic violence and abuse issues within families. They therefore have a significant part to play.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 24/06/2013

  • Website Lead member for children’s services briefing on school health service

    This briefing for lead members for children’s services summarises the school health service and how school nurses can support its delivery.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 22/04/2013

  • Adobe Acrobat Document New model of school nursing

    Department of Health presentation describing the new model of school nursing

    Publisher: Children & Young People 1st
    Published Date: 08/03/2013

  • Adobe Acrobat Document North West school nursing project

    Presentation describing the project to support the implementation of the new model of school nursing

    Publisher: Children & Young People 1st
    Published Date: 08/03/2013

  • Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation Presentation about school nursing for young people. Your school nursing service: someone you know and can trust ...

    This powerpoint presentation is designed for school nurses to use and adapt when talking to young people about their role and the school nursing services they provide.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 06/03/2013

  • Microsoft Word Document Service Specification for School Nursing service

    Service specification for school aged children in Trafford

    Publisher: Trafford
    Published Date: 06/03/2013

  • Website Children's social/emotional characteristics at entry to school: implications for school nurses

    Children entering school need to build healthy peer relationships; school, however, is the central place for bullying. School nurses have a growing focus on providing care for students with social, emotional and behavioural problems.

    Publisher: Journal of Child Health Care
    Published Date: 01/03/2013

  • Website School Nurses International

    School Nurses International provides a forum for nurses around the world working with school children to come together in a stimulating intellectual and happy environment to share their knowledge and understanding of the emotional, social and physical needs of the school aged child.

    Publisher: School Nurses International
    Published Date: 01/01/2013

  • Website Supporting implementation of the new service offer: school nursing service and youth justice interface

    This pathway is guidance to support school nurses and youth justice professionals working with young people who are in the youth justice system or at risk of being involved. This document sets out the rationale for effective partnership working and pulls together the core principles to assist local areas to develop their own local frameworks to support effective working. It provides more specific focus and clarity for school nurses and youth justice teams to support their roles.

    Publisher: Department of Health
    Published Date: 08/11/2012

  • Website Head teacher fact sheet for the new model of school nursing

    Fact sheet for school head teachers and others in education to give an outline of the new model of school nursing

    Publisher: Department of Health
    Published Date: 08/11/2012

  • Website New model of school nursing newsletter - November 2012

    This newsletter is for school nurses and for commissioners of school nursing services in North West England.

    Publisher: CYP1st
    Published Date: 01/11/2012

  • Website Your school nursing service - presentation to introduce the service with notes for the presenter (.ppt, 1878K)

    A presentation about the school nursing service that can be adapted by schools to use in assemblies or parents' evenings.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 30/08/2012

  • Website Your school nursing service - poster for online downloading (.pdf, 127K)

    These materials can be downloaded to produce posters or factsheets.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 30/08/2012

  • Website Your school nursing service - poster for professional printing (.pdf, 527K)

    These materials can be downloaded to produce posters or factsheets.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 30/08/2012

  • Website School nurses – time to man up?

    There’s more to school nursing than overseeing vaccinations or stamping out head lice. These days, school nurses play a vital and growing role in the mental, social and physical wellbeing of the nation’s schoolchildren – it’s an increasingly wide brief and one which should appeal to both sexes, believes male school nurse, Matthew Anderson.

    Publisher: Department of Health
    Published Date: 26/06/2012

  • Website NiP: Teamwork 'crucial' to school sexual health success

    School nurses are “ideally placed” to provide sexual health and contraceptive advice to under-16s, it is claimed.

    Publisher: Nursing in Practice
    Published Date: 11/04/2012

  • Website School Nurse Resource Allocation and Outcomes Matrix

    The school nursing resource allocation was based upon the guidance of one fte Qualified School Nurse per Secondary School and its cluster. This resource did not reflect the differing needs of the schools and localities. The Matrix took into account a range of deprivation factors and public health outcomes and allocated the school nursing resource on the basis of need.

    Publisher: Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People
    Published Date: 07/04/2012

  • Website The role of school nurses in providing emergency contraception services in educational settings

    The role of school nurses has extended to provide emergency contraception and advice on sexual health to school-age students in education settings, following Ofsted’s report on sex and relationship education in schools (2006). This updated RCN position statement aims to clarify the responsibilities of school nurses when they are providing emergency contraception to students in education settings. It also highlights the importance of appropriate training, experience and working together with education providers and looks at the laws around providing emergency contraception to under 16s and the duty of confidentiality.

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 03/04/2012

  • Website Getting it right for children, young people and families. Maximising the contribution of the school nursing team: vision and call to action

    The report identifies the next steps towards achieving improved services and outcomes. The new service model is set within the Healthy Child Programme 5-19 which is based on best evidence to promote and protect the health of children in the developing years. It aims to join up best evidence of what should be done with the views of professionals, parents, children and young people on how it should be done. By implementing the model, good health outcomes and positive user experience can be achieved.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 12/03/2012

  • Website Student nurses as school nurse extenders

    The severe underuse of school nurses leaves students with unaddressed health needs that impact their safety and learning ability. An undergraduate pediatric clinical focusing on nursing students and the role of a school nurse in an elementary school setting can be a unique approach to combining the needs of school children and educating student nurses. One school of nursing created such a project to help address these needs and collect data on the activities student nurses performed in school nurse role and their impact on student health.

    Publisher: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
    Published Date: 10/03/2012

  • Website Our school nurse: young people’s views on the role of the school nurse

    The British Youth Council (BYC) was invited by the Department of Health to feed the views of secondary school aged young people into its School Nurse programme of development. This report presents the results of the consultation process with young children. Four key themes emerged: School nurses need to be visible and well known amongst school-aged children and young people; School nurses need to offer early help to support young people; School nursing services need to offer choice to young people in order to be accessible and confidential; Young people want to be able to offer their views about the service they receive.

    Publisher: British Youth Council
    Published Date: 29/11/2011

  • Website Effectiveness of a school nurse–delivered smoking-cessation intervention for adolescents

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a school nurse–delivered smoking-cessation intervention in increasing abstinence among adolescent smokers.

    Publisher: Pediatrics
    Published Date: 17/10/2011

  • Website School nurses’ perspectives on managing mental health problems in children and young people

    The aim of this study was to explore the views of school nurses regarding mental health problems in young people and their potential for engaging in mental health work with this client group.

    Publisher: Journal of Clinical Nursing
    Published Date: 26/08/2011

  • Website Adolescents’ and school nurses’ perceptions of using a health and lifestyle tool in health dialogues

    The aim of this study was to describe and explore adolescents’ and nurses’ perceptions of using a health and lifestyle tool in health dialogues in the school health service.

    Publisher: Journal of Clinical Nursing
    Published Date: 14/07/2011

  • Website “Someone you know and can trust”

    Consultation with Young People on the future of School Nurses

    Publisher: North West Youth forum
    Published Date: 10/07/2011

  • Website SAPHNA letters: impact of the Health Visiting Implementation Plan

    Many school nurses have contacted the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) as a result of the Health Visiting Implementation Plan and the impact it is having on the profession in some areas. This document outlines SAPHNA’s response to the Department of Health as well as a selection of some of the issues facing school nurses.

    Publisher: School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA)
    Published Date: 29/06/2011

  • Website Victimization, aggression, and visits to the school nurse for somatic complaints, illnesses, and physical injuries

    The objective of this study was to examine how involvement in aggressor-victim interactions is linked to somatic complaints, illnesses, and physical injuries among elementary school–aged children.

    Publisher: Pediatrics
    Published Date: 25/04/2011

  • Website School health promotion: organization of services and roles of health professionals in seven European countries

    This comparative study is intended to provide a better understanding of how health promotion services are organised in school settings in Europe and to show how health professionals involved outside or within the school setting help to improve young people's health.

    Publisher: The European Journal of Public Health
    Published Date: 22/03/2010

  • Website Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association (CPHVA)

    The website of the UK's leading professional organisation for health visitors, school nurses, nursery nurses and other community nurses working in primary care. Unite/CPHVA is a section of the Unite trade union. The website provides access to professional news, resources and events.

    Publisher: UNITE/CPHVA
    Published Date: 14/01/2010

  • Website Supporting children and young people with diabetes: guidance for nurses in schools and early years settings

    The RCN is aware of inequality in the care provision for children and young people with diabetes in schools and early years settings. This document outlines the principles that health care professionals and education staff should apply to ensure their needs are met. The aim is to ensure that they receive appropriate intensive therapies, without this affecting their health or education.

    Publisher: Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
    Published Date: 17/09/2009

  • Website School and Public Health Nurses Associations

    SAPHNA was launched in January 2006 by a group of committed, experienced and motivated practitioners from across the UK. They, with you, are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

    Publisher: SAPHNA
    Published Date: 18/10/2007

  • Website Core-info: oral injuries and bites on children

    Summarises what is currently known about oral injuries and human bites in relation to child abuse. The information will be of particular interest to dentists, dental care professionals, paediatricians, and Accident and Emergency (A&E) staff. It will also be relevant to nursery nurses, health visitors, school nurses, teachers, legal practitioners, social workers and the police.

    Publisher: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    Published Date: 19/03/2007

  • Adobe Acrobat Document The School Health Workforce Rapid Roll-out Programme. Final report

    This is a report of the School Health Workforce Rapid Roll-out Programme which was commissioned by the Care Services Partnership (CSIP) and delivered by the North West SHA and was designed to increase workforce capacity, and help deliver the school nurse target in the Choosing Health white paper and Every Child Matters. It includes a report on innovative practice and an evaluation of the work.

    Publisher: Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 13/11/2006

  • Adobe Acrobat Document The School Health Workforce Rapid Roll-out Programme. An executive summary of the final report

    This is a summary of the report of the School Health Workforce Rapid Roll-out Programme which was commissioned by the Care Services Partnership (CSIP) and delivered by the North West SHA and was designed to increase workforce capacity, and help deliver the school nurse target in the Choosing Health white paper and Every Child Matters. It includes a report on innovative practice and an evaluation of the work.

    Publisher: Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 13/11/2006

  • Adobe Acrobat Document The School Health Workforce Rapid Roll-out Programme: Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    This document is intended to provide some answers to the questions that have arisen during the School Health Workforce Programme. These questions have been posed, both by members of participatory teams and from other interested parties outside the programme, around the development of the school health workforce and the introduction of support staff into those teams in particular.

    Publisher: Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 13/11/2006

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Re-designing the national school health workforce: an evaluation of the Rapid Roll-out Programme across eight strategic health authorities in the north of England

    An evaluation of the School Health Rapid Roll-out Programme and the Large Scale Workforce Change for Children Programme. The overall purpose of the programme was to address the government’s recommendations that there should be a greater emphasis placed on public health by enhancing the contribution of the school health workforce in the delivery of health promotion. Focusing on the school health workforce and particularly on support roles to school health workforce and the wider team of school and health staff.

    Publisher: Centre for Health Research and Evaluation, Edge Hill University
    Published Date: 31/07/2006

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Re-designing the national school health workforce: an evaluation of the Rapid Roll-out Programme across eight strategic health authorities in the north of England. Executive Summary

    Summary of an evaluation of the School Health Rapid Roll-out Programme and the Large Scale Workforce Change for Children Programme. The overall purpose of the programme was to address the government’s recommendations that there should be a greater emphasis placed on public health by enhancing the contribution of the school health workforce in the delivery of health promotion. Focusing on the school health workforce and particularly on support roles to school health workforce and the wider team of school and health staff.

    Publisher: Centre for Health Research and Evaluation, Edge Hill University
    Published Date: 31/07/2006

  • Website School nurse: practice development resource pack 2006

    Not a current policy document, but a useful reference point for commissioners, service managers and practitioners seeking to develop a modern school nursing service.

    Publisher: Department for Education and Skills, Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 23/03/2006

  • External Source School nurse practice development resource pack 2006

    The new practice development resource pack is an update of the previous pack issued in 2001. It identifies the key policy drivers influencing practice, the child-centred public health role of school nurses and how they can contribute towards delivering on key Public Service Agreement targets. The school nursing work is set in the context of a team approach.

    Publisher: Department of Health HQ (London, Richmond House)
    Published Date: 23/03/2006

  • Website Looking for a school nurse?

    This guide is intended primarily for headteachers, teachers, support staff and governors. The first section 'Why have a school nurse?' looks at the skills and services which school nurses and their teams can bring to schools, and the potential gains for children, young people, heads and others. The second section provides information regarding the employment requirements and professional expectations of school nurses. The annexes offer ideas for job descriptions and/or service specifications for school nursing services, and provide case histories from headteachers and school nurses working in a variety of schools.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 23/03/2006


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