The two part-time school nurses work in partnership with young people, parents/carers, staff and external professionals to ensure that children and their families get the help they need. The pupils have access to a range of medical services in the school to meet their health care needs. We have a well equipped medical suite so that they can be looked after and receive appropriate care when needed.
The school nurses manage medication and health care needs on a daily basis and also operate a “drop in clinic”. The team provide advisory leaflets, counselling and guidance to those experiencing mental health problems or regarding sensitive issues such as exercise and diet, substance misuse and sexual health. Each young person has a „Health Care Plan‟ and well documented records.
The health care needs of the children and young people can be significant and therefore a whole school approach is necessary. The school nurses play their part in promoting healthy living as well as responding to the needs of individual children. They provide confidential health advice, and where necessary ensure relevant information is passed on. Staff pass any concerns to the medical department, and are given advice and training as required.
Young people can also be referred to specialist health care professionals if needed and this is arranged through consultation with parents/carers, WKRS staff and external health professionals. The school nurses are pro-active and liaise with a range of professionals – CAMHS, dieticians, physiotherapists, consultant paediatricians, specialist nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists. The school nurses ensure immunisation programmes are carried out and also continue to develop their knowledge. They teach PSHEE to class groups and individuals on sex and relationships guidance.
The current emphasis on health promotion in schools and the community means that this is a key part of the school nurse‟s role and often focuses on; exercise and healthy eating including combating obesity and eating disorders; mental health and wellbeing, including dealing with depression and bullying; sexual health and relationships, including teenage pregnancy; drug and alcohol abuse and smoking.