As key public health practitioners, school nurses have an important role to play in improving health and tackling inequalities. The Wiltshire Healthy School programme is a local education and health partnership, to which school nurses can add value both to the strategic and operational delivery of the programme.
To support the Healthy School programme school nurses can provide:
- Confidential one to one advice to young people, to support them to manage their own health needs
- Insights into the health needs of of the school community
- Access to information, to assess the health needs of the school population
- Expertise and knowledge to support school staff across the themes and the whole school approach
- Knowledge of wider national policies, affecting young people, and how to effectively link Healthy Schools work with these.
- Help schools to understand the contribution they can make to address local and national health targets
Each school has an identified named lead School Health Nurse and team, providing a core programme to all state funded mainstream schools, academies and special schools. In addition, elements of targeted work can be delivered in schools where areas of need can be identified.
In November 2012 the Department of Health produced this factsheet for teachers and school governors about the School Nursing Service.
To access the school nursing service, contact the team in your area via your school.