School nurses, with their teams, co-ordinate and deliver public health interventions for school-aged children.
Today’s school nurse is a specialist practitioner working across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community to benefit the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The school nurse functions as both health promoter and health educator, and works in collaboration with teachers, youth workers and counsellors. In view of the complex social and physical needs of children, school nurses must have advanced and specialist knowledge and skills to help meet the needs of children and their families.
Royal College of Nursing - The RCN’s position on school nursing
Our school nurses improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people within education settings. Our school nurses work with our multidisciplinary team to provide a holistic approach to physical and mental health and bring education and health together.
Our school nursing services are provided by qualified and registered school nurses who have experience in their role. Our school nurses all receive supervision from the wider EHP team to promote reflective and effective services whilst supporting challenging and complex cases confidentially. Our school nurses are qualified nurses who have an additional specialist public health qualification (SCPHN) and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
EHP is registered with all major professional memberships.
Our school nurses offer a whole systems approach for school-aged children aged 5-19 and their families through the delivery of specialist school nursing services within schools. We offer high quality and effective preventative services in line with the Healthy Child Programme. Through providing holistic assessments and interventions we identify and address health needs. Our school nursing services are offered on specialist, targeted and whole school levels. We offer school nursing services related to:
Our school nurses provide bespoke services based on the needs within education settings for maximum impact.
Our specialist services can be accessed by education, health and other professions working with children and young people.
Our school nurses provide the following training to education settings:
In addition to the above training we can provide bespoke training to education settings.
Our training is available on and off site for education settings and organisations in relation to health, psychology and education.
There are many benefits of using our school nursing service within education settings including:
The benefits of using our school nursing service are seen throughout the education setting as it:
The benefits can be seen on an individual, group and whole school level.
There is some evidence of the impact of school nursing which has shown positive outcomes, particularly in the field of the impact of nurses on pupils' mental health where there were largely positive results of increased pupil engagement, increased engagement in the development of services, behaviour change, attendance and overall wellbeing.
Nursing in schools: How school nurses support pupils with long-term health conditions, September 2016
Referring to our school nursing services is swift and simple. To refer you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0330 088 8408.
Our services can be funded through a variety of ways.
Some areas which are classed as a ‘deprived’ area may have extra areas of funding available for health services within education.
Our school nursing service brings many long-term benefits to children, young people and education settings through their input. Improving physical and mental health in addition to raising awareness of needs raises attendance and attainment.
Our specialist multidisciplinary services can be commissioned through a service level agreement and as standalone input.
While local authorities are required by regulations to commission certain public health services, school nursing is not one of these. Local authorities have generally continued to commission school nursing services in line with previous provision and school nurses themselves continue to be employed by NHS provider trusts. Schools can also independently commission services, or jointly fund provision in partnership with local authorities and in some areas of the country, local authorities have already started to do this.
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