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Staffordshire Child Health and Wellbeing Programme

The Staffordshire Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme (School Nursing) aims to offer visible, accessible and confidential services to children and young people from 5-19 and clinical support to those aged 0-25 attending Special Schools in the County. The service broadly aims:

(i)  To give confidential advice, care and support to schools, children, young people and their parents on a range of health issues.

(ii)  To protect and promote the physical and emotional health of children and young people, to ensure that they get the most from their education.

Who are the services for? 

The school nursing service is delivered to all children and young people aged 5-19 enrolled in a mainstream school within Staffordshire local authority boundary (this include academies, community schools, foundation schools, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled, free schools and some independent schools) not including Stoke-on-Trent. The service is also available to children aged 5-19 who are resident within Staffordshire local authority boundary and are not registered at a school outside the county, eg educated at home. In addition the Special School Nursing service delivers and supports the implementation of clinical interventions to all children and young people that attend Special schools aged 0-25 working in partnership with education.

Who provides them?

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust employed school nursing teams are led by team leaders and located at five central locations within the communities they serve. They work in partnership with a range of professionals both within and outside of the organisation.

The teams include school nurses (who are specialist community public health nurses), staff nurses, nursery nurses, school nurse support workers, administrative and clerical staff.

School nurses treat information about children, young people and their families as confidential.  We do sometimes share information with other agencies, like GPs or your child’s school, so that the young person or child can get the help they need.  We would only share this information without your agreement if it were necessary to ensure a child’s safety. 

The service operates a referral process (referral form attached). If you are ever unsure if your referral is appropriate, please do not hesitate to contact your school nursing team directly.

All referrals into the service will be reviewed. If information has been omitted, or the referral is not appropriate we will contact you to discuss this further.

For children and young people that attend special schools,the team consists of small teams of skilled mixed staff based in virtual hubs across the special schools in staffordshire.

The school nursing team provide a range of services:

Every year the school nurse in collaboration with the school will look at the health needs of the children attending the school and those of the local community. The School Nurse then works with the school to agree, plan and deliver services which will help meet those profiled needs. Events are also planned in schools and the community linked to local and national campaigns.  

The parents or carers of children of reception age are asked to complete a questionnaire to identify any health concerns for their child which can then be followed up by the School Nurse.

The height and weight of all children in Reception and Year 6 is measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme and advice can be offered to parents to help make sure their child is eating healthily and is physically active, if necessary.

In Year 7, all children are offered the opportunity to complete a health questionnaire so that the School Nurse can offer advice and support if they have any health concerns.  Parents are informed of this process before the questionnaires are given out.

Children’s hearing can be tested at any age if there is a concern.

All mainstream secondary schools are offered a drop in service for young people to see their School Nurse in a private and confidential environment within school. Advice and support can be given on a wide range of issues that affect young people. The school nurse may see a young person on several occasions in order to help resolve a problem or refer to a range of other agencies that provide additional support. 

The service also offers support to schools with the delivery of Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) and sex and relationship education (SRE). 

School nurses support the management of children with long term health conditions in school. Children with medical needs which may require emergency treatment may need an individual care plan developed in partnership with parents, school staff, school nurses and medical advisors.

A team of school nurses also provides nursing care and supports the implementation of a range of clinical interventions to children with complex and special needs attending special schools in Staffordshire working in partnership with education. 

Immunisations are the responsibility of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS Partnership Trust.  

We accept referrals from parents or carers, professionals and other agencies and directly from children and young people. The referral form can be found on the website. 

Contact Us

Click here to view the School Nursing teams for Staffordshire and the schools they support.

Click here to view the Special School Nursing teams for Staffordshire and the schools they support

Click here to view the contact information for Staffordshire School Nurse leaders