School Health Advisory Service
The school health advisory service aim to promote and support the health and wellbeing of all school aged children. The services have two key roles:
(i) To give confidential advice, care and support to schools, children, young people and their parents.
(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.
The school nurse is present at St Mary’s School every alternate Wednesday from 14:30 until 16:30. This is a drop-in session, beginning Wednesday 7th September and running every alternate Wednesday after.
The same drop in system exists at Quinton Lane Care Centre, Birmingham B32 2TR. The clinic can be emailed at BCHNT.email@example.com or called on 0121
Who are the services for?
The school health advisory service/school nursing service will be delivered to all children and young people and their families where the child or young person is enrolled to attend a mainstream school within Birmingham. All children and young people go through changes as they develop and grow and the school Nursing Team exists to help your child be healthy, happy and safe during their school years and to get the best from their education.
Information for young people
School nurses treat information about children, young people and their families as confidential. The School Nursing Team 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.
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 inappropriate we will contact you to discuss this further.
Who delivers services?
The school nursing teams are led by clinical team leaders, backed by a range of professionals.
These include school nurses (who are specialist public health nurses), staff nurses, school nurse assistants, young people’s health advisors, school nurse support workers and team administrators.
The school health advisory service launched in Birmingham in April 2016 represents a new approach in working with schools and families to help children be healthy and get the most from their education.
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.
Each child’s parents are asked to complete a health questionnaire when their child is in reception to identify any health concerns for their child which can then be followed up by the school nurse.
We check the hearing of all reception children using an audiometer and refer any concerns to specialist audiologists for further assessment.
We measure the weight and height of all children in reception and to calculate their BMI. We offer advice to parents about how to make sure their child is eating healthily and is physically active.
A child’s height and weight is completed and their BMI calculated. We offer advice to parents about how to make sure their child is eating healthily and is physically active.
Children can have their hearing tested at any age if there is a concern.
School nurses support the management of emergency health needs in school. Children with medical needs which may require emergency treatment should have an individual management plan developed in partnership with parents, school staff, school nurses and medical advisors.
If you have any concerns or wish to contact the School Nurse, the service is open Monday to Friday during office hours. The number is 0800 917 2855