The school nursing team in St. Helens consists of Specialist Community Practitioners in Public Health and School Nursing, School Nurses, Nursery Nurses, School Health Practitioners, Nurses with specialist areas of practice and a Health Care Assistant.
They offer holistic advice and support in the promotion of our public health role whilst addressing the 5 outcomes of Every Child Matters (2003).
They offer generic and specialist services and drop in clinics at all primary and secondary schools. The drop in service is open to all children, young people, parents/carers and teaching staff.
Health interviews are offered to all parents/carers of reception aged children and targeted support and advice can be given regarding any issues, including, behavioural support, dietary advice, enuresis problems, dental advice, physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
Health care assistant deliver on the National Child Measurement Programme endorsed by the Department of Health and Department for children schools and families, to both reception and year 6 children.
Parenting programmes such as ‘Webster Stratton’ are provided by members of staff who have received additional training.
School nurses offer clinical advice and support in accordance with evidence based practice in the delivery of mental health issues such as self harming and eating disorders, smoking cessation, alcohol and substance misuse, dietary management and lifestyle change, sexual health, bullying and managing long term conditions.
The school nursing service delivers the national immunisation programme in line with the Department of Health guidelines.
School nurses have a key role in supporting the safeguarding agenda including looked after children and vulnerable children and young people, in line with local policy.
The school nursing team are all involved in delivering health promotion and education through a whole class, small groups or one to one approach. These programmes of delivery are evaluated and future planning is implemented for further involvement in collaboration with our colleagues in education.
Clinic in a Box is a confidential young person’s sexual health service in secondary schools and community settings offering relationship and sexual health advice and support, condoms, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening and signposting to other agencies.
Children’s community asthma and anaphylaxis service (CCAAS) based at Rainhill Health Centre, offers clinical assessments, advice and support, information and training to provide children and young people with asthma and life threatening allergies, the opportunity to achieve and maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle.
Lifestyle in a Box is a service for children and young people offering dietary advice and support whilst addressing the obesity agenda and promoting healthier lifestyles through healthy eating and physical activity.