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School nursing (Hounslow)

School nursing

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.

To contact and/or make a referral to your local school nursing service please contact

Telephone: 020 3691 1012

Email HRCH.HounslowSchoolNurses@nhs.net

The School Nursing team is available all year round (closed on Bank Holidays) and can be contacted Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm on 0203 691 1012.

Young people can self-refer into the service.

Parents, teachers, GPs and other healthcare staff can refer a child to the school nursing service using our referral form.

If you require any out-of-hours hours advice please either call NHS 111, or contact your GP.

Health Need Assessments

As outlined in the Healthy Child Programme 5-19, school nurses assess the health and development of children and young people as they progresses through school. These health assessments help parents, carers or children identify anything that may impact on a child’s ability to achieve their potential.

For example, they may have a long-term medical condition, such as diabetes, asthma or anaphylaxis, be a young carer, or perhaps need counselling to cope with bereavement or a relationship problem. The assessment can also help to support a child’s smooth transition into primary or secondary school.

  • In their first year at school (reception year) parents are requested to complete a confidential online health assessment (HAPI). The HAPI login password is available from your child's school or from your School Nursing team.

  • In Year 6, all children are invited to complete an online health assessment (HAPI) in school.

The school nurse will review each of the completed assessments; as a result you may be invited to talk to one of our team. If your child needs specialist help, we can refer them.

All data is treated confidentially and is anonymised prior to being shared with other agencies. Data from the completed health questionnaires enables the School Nursing Service to develop population based Public Health reports which are shared with schools. These reports enable us to support schools in working with families to address the health and wellbeing needs of pupils.

More information is sent out from the school to parents and the School Nurse for your child's school will happily answer any queries. No child is forced to complete it and there will be support offered at the time of the session to help the children with any questions. The team are always discreet and will do their utmost to maintain confidentiality throughout the session.

Useful links

The Lancaster Model & HAPI: www.thelancastermodel.co.uk

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an important element of the Government’s work programme on childhood obesity, and is operated jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Education. Every year, as part of the NCMP, children in Reception and Year 6 are weighed and measured in order to:

  • inform local planning and the delivery of services for children
  • gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity.

Even though the rise in childhood obesity is stabilising, the level of childhood obesity is still high with nearly one in three children overweight or obese by the age of 11 years.

When children are in Reception and in Year 6, parents will receive a letter through their school informing them about the NCMP.

The School Nurse teams collect the measurements of children in school and send parents and carers their child’s results with additional information and advice around healthy lifestyle choices and weight management.

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