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School nursing

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School nurses, along with health visitors, are trained specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) who are qualified nurses or midwives that have done further training at an advanced level.

School nurses, health visitors, staff nurses, community nursery nurses and healthcare support workers work together as part of 0-19 Family Health Services across the Bradford and Wakefield districts.

School nurses provide health advice and a range of services to support children, young people and families of school age. The team has knowledge and skills in many areas including nutrition, healthy lifestyles and mental health. We deliver sessions in schools or work directly with a child or young person.

What services do school nurses provide?

We can provide a range of support, for example, where children or young people have anxiety or concerns around their own health, or in assessment and referral to other services.  We work with a range of different people like the school, GP, or other health and social care professionals.

Where needed and in agreement with a child or young person and their parents or carers (depending on their age), we can make a plan of care which may include, for example, school, or it may be to provide information for you or complete a referral.

When do we contact you?

The school nursing service has contact with children, young people and families at different stages. This may be a routine assessment of health needs or to provide additional support when needed.

The team also provides health information in schools to class groups or individuals and the school nursing immunisation team works in schools as part of the national immunisation programme.

How can you access the service?

We have contact at various set times with children, young people and families and are currently working towards more routine health needs assessments being completed electronically.

You will be sent more information about this when it is needed, including consent arrangements. In addition, we may have contact when other needs arise.

If you would like to talk to the team including the immunisation team, please contact us.

We are available between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday not including bank holidays. If you need help outside these hours, you should contact the local service that usually provides out-of-hours support like your pharmacy, or for more urgent queries, 111.

To contact the Bradford team please ring 01274 221203.

To contact the Wakefield team please ring 01924 310130.

More information about our school nursing service

See school nursing services for Bradford and school nursing services for Wakefield for more details on the resources that the school nursing service can provide.

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