The School Nursing Service provide support for young people through secondary school and up until the age of 19, even if they have left school to go to work or attend further education (or if they are Home Educated until the age of 19).
Each school has a named school nurse who visits the school each term to meet with the pastoral and/or a senior staff member. This is an opportunity for the school nurse to review the school health plan. As part of the health plan our service can support the teachers with delivery of personal, social and health education (PSHE), we might also deliver groups in school to help children build their self-esteem and confidence and also deliver parenting groups from the school if requested to do so.
We supply each school with a poster to display in their reception areas which has the name and a photo of the named school nurse for that school and details about how to contact the service.
Each child will receive a welcome letter when they start in Year 7 and this should be sent out in the school starter packs. If a child is home educated and education services have notified us of their status we will send a letter to the child’s home address.
Whilst a young person is in secondary school they will meet a member of the school nurse team when they are offered a height and weight measurement as part of the National Child Measurement Programme(NCMP). In Walsall we measure pupils in year 10 and you will receive a letter explaining more about the programme a few weeks before the measurements take place. The benefits of the programme will be explained however you are still able to opt for your children not to be measured.
We offer a confidential, anonymous text service called ChatHealth. This is a messaging service for young people who can text a school nurse for advice on health matters. We can provide a range of information, sign post to other services or offer to see the young people for a health review if requested to do so.