Do you know what the School Nursing service offers?
The service works in schools and across the wider community with partners from health, education, social care and voluntary sector organisations. The service is represented on a range of partnership work including the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy Groups and Early Help Strategy Groups. The service is commissioned by Public Health in the Local Authority and the service leads on the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme, taking over from the Health Visiting service. School Nurses work with individual children and young people and also with the wider community taking a public health approach to addressing a wider range of health and wellbeing issues.
Schools, do you know who your named School Nurse is?
Every school has a Named School Nurse who is the link between the school and the service. The School Nurse provides a visit to the school in the autumn term and meets with a member of staff who the Head Teacher has designated as a link person. This is usually a SENCo, pastoral lead or deputy head teacher. At this meeting the School Nurse provides an update about the core offer to schools. Where possible, the named School Nurse will lead on and provide the support for the school including delivery of PSHE, assemblies, parent information sessions. The named School Nurse may be supported to provide the service by other members of the team including nursery nurses and staff nurses.
Referring children and young people to the School Nursing Service
The service offers an open access referral service which means that parents can contact the service and request that their child sees a school nurse or any health or non-health professional can make a referral on a parents behalf.
If you are a professional and would like to make a referral to the School Nursing service, please complete the Referral Form. This form can be returned by post to: School Nursing Service, Single Point of Access, Harden Health Centre, Harden Road, WS3 1ET or to our secure email address at email@example.com.
All referrals must be discussed with the child, young person and parent/carer in advance to gain consent to make the referral.
Additional information for schools from schools
It is essential that we have as much information about the child when we see them for a health assessment. The information about the child’s academic ability, social and emotional, behaviour, strengths and SEND needs is key to our health assessment. Therefore we require school staff to complete the school report section of the referral form.
Our Referral Criteria
We support children and young people from the age that they start in full time school until their 19th birthday or the age of 25 years if the young person has special educational or additional health need. The referral criteria for the service provided further information.
What happens once we receive a referral?
Once we receive your referral it will be reviewed by a member of the team at our weekly referral meeting which takes place on a Tuesday. You will receive a letter which informs you about the progress of the referral. The parent/carers will usually be sent a letter requesting them to contact our service and make an appointment for their child to see a school nurse for a health assessment. The parent/carer will be sent a copy of our School Nurse service information leaflet. If the parent/carer fails to contact our service (opt in) they will be discharged unless a school nurse makes an assessment that there is a risk to the child. The referrer will be notified that the child has not ‘opted in’.