Better Care

Sandwell school nurses are team of the year

The Trust is delighted to announce that the Sandwell school nursing service has won the prestigious title of Nursing Times Awards team of the year.

The team impressed judges with their ground-breaking work to make children and young people leaders in public health, helping them promote links between the school nurse and their peers through the innovative Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador initiative.

The programme, piloted in secondary schools and pupil referral units, is being rolled out across Sandwell and has been recognised as good practice by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The team was also shortlisted in the awards' 'child and adolescent services' category in recognition of their commitment to ensuring every child has access to the healthcare support they need, irrespective of their place of education.

Sandwell school nurses collecting Nursing Times 2015 team of the year award.
Sandwell school nurses collecting Nursing Times 2015 team of the year award from (extreme left) Jenni Middleton, event host and Nursing Times editor and (extreme right) Gail Adams, Head of Nursing at category sponsor Unison.

Judges were impressed by the team's dedication to providing school nursing services to children who may not have consistent access to a nurse in a mainstream school - for example, children of migrant or travelling families or those educated at home.

BCHC chief executive Tracy Taylor said: "As a former school nurse myself, I am so proud of the Sandwell team who are very deserving of this award.

"Our commitment is to share excellent and innovative practice throughout all the areas in which we provide school nursing."

BCHC provides school nursing in the local authority areas of the borough of Sandwell, the city of Birmingham and the county of Staffordshire, (with the exception of Stoke).