The Hounslow School nursing service has a public health role and responsibilities for individual children, their families, the school and wider communities.
The team consists of qualified school nurses (specialist community public health nurses), community staff nurses and school nurse assistants.
The school nurse is a key health worker in schools and works with the school age population aged 5-19 years and is in the unique position to identify early problems, which may affect the health or development of children and young people.
Each school in Hounslow has a named school nurse with whom children, young people, parents and education staff can discuss any concerns.
School nurses offer 4 levels of service to children and young people attending maintained schools, academies and free schools in Hounslow, as outlined in the Healthy Child Programme 5-19, which includes:
1. Community (Your neighbourhood)
In the community there are a range of health services for children young people and their families. School nurses work with these services to make sure they are accessible to everybody and can provide information about these services.
2. Universal Service (Offered to every child and young person)
School nurses lead and deliver the healthy child programme from 5 to 19 years to ensure a healthy progression for each and every child and young person. This includes promoting positive physical and mental health, supporting parents, and assessing the health and development of children and young people.
3. Universal Plus (Further support for children, young people and their families)
School nurses are able to support parents, children, young people and families when they need extra help. Some examples include support with specific parenting issues and depression, asthma, emotional difficulties and bullying.
4. Universal Partnership Plus (Children, young people and families who need additional support)
School nurses are able to provide ongoing support, as part of a range of local services working together with the family to deal with more complex issues over a period of time. Some examples include special educational needs, drug and alcohol misuse, child and adolescent mental health services, looked after children and young carers.