Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing Service is made up of the following services:

Integrated Health Visiting and School Nursing Services

There are nine integrated health visiting and school nursing teams who work across the Trust in primary care settings supported by public health staff nurses and child health assistants.

Public Health Nursing teams contact details:

Antrim – 028 9442 4600
Ballyclare and Larne – 028 9331 5824
Ballymena - 028 2563 5658
Ballymoney – 028 2766 1891
Carrickfergus – 028 9331 5824
Coleraine – 028 7032 5461 
Cookstown – 028 8672 3800   0 
Magherafelt – 028 8672 3800   0 
Newtownabbey – 028 9083 1492 

Health Visiting Services

The Health Visiting Service provides the universal Healthy Child Programme covering pregnancy and the first four years preschool with a main focus in preventing ill health by helping families stay healthy and avoid illness.

Health visitors are specialist community public health nurses who assess and identify health needs in partnership with families and communities, raise awareness of health and social well-being and enable people to improve their health.

Together with the public health nursing team, they provide evidence based public health intervention in many areas including parenting, breastfeeding support, weaning, healthy diets, physical activity, child development, play and stimulation, infant mental health, maternal mental health, child safety, immunisations, childhood illnesses and safeguarding children.

Health visitors work in partnership with families, children, GPs, primary health care teams and communities to support the health and wellbeing of the families and children in the Northern Trust area.

School Nursing Services

The School Nursing Service provides the universal Healthy Child Programme for all children and young people aged 5-19 including:

  • P1 health appraisal, growth measurements, vision and tuberculosis (TB) screening
  • Year 8 health appraisals, growth measurements and TB Screening
  • Health promotion
  • Safeguarding children
  • Training for teachers to support children with health needs in schools
  • Support for children with long term conditions in the school environment
  • Advice and support on weight management for school age children

School nurses are specialist community public health nurses, who assess the school-aged (5-19) population health and wellbeing needs and lead, influence and provide evidence based public health interventions to school-aged children and young people both in and out of school settings.

School nurses and their teams ensure that children, young people and families have access to available services at the earliest point, from a child’s transition into school and continuing through their school-aged years.

School nurses work in partnership with teachers, parents, children and young people to support the health and wellbeing of the children and young people attending schools in the Northern Trust area.

Breastfeeding Promotion Team

The Breastfeeding Promotion Team, which includes representatives from each locality, is led by Sinéad Lynch, Breastfeeding Co-ordinator, Public Health Nursing Service.

This team of skilled key workers support the Breastfeeding Co-ordinator in achieving the standards required by UNICEF to maintain the prestigious Baby Friendly accreditation that has been awarded to the Health Visiting Service.

The Breastfeeding Promotion Team members facilitate and evaluate breastfeeding support services and provide information on breastfeeding issues to their locality teams.

Contact details: 028 2531 3159.

School Immunisation Team

The School Immunisation Team provides all school immunisations in line with regional and national immunisation programmes. These include delivery of the new HPV vaccine to all year 9 girls and the school-leaving booster/MMR and Menningitis C to all year 11 pupils.

Contact details:
School Immunisation Team Co-ordinator: 028 2563 5214
School Immunisation Team: 028 2563 5212
School Immunisation Team administration: 028 2531 3151

Health Protection Nursing Team

The Health Protection Nursing Team is a nurse led service providing TB contact tracing and screening, including a contact service for new entrants arriving from high incidence TB countries incorporating health advice and TB screening, BCG immunisation and the co-ordination of Hepatitis B immunisation for identified at risk infants and children.

This team works in close partnership with the Public Health Agency and has a key role to play in the prevention and control of TB within the Trust locality and is the only Trust community service providing selective BCG immunisation to those identified at risk.

It is very often the first contact service for many new entrants arriving into the country providing holistic health needs assessments, health advice and onward referrals to other appropriate services as needs are identified.

Contact details: 028 7954 7471

Safeguarding Children Nurse Specialists

The 'Named Nurse' for Safeguarding Children has a strategic role in ensuring that systems and processes are in place for all nursing and midwifery groups to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people.

Safeguarding children nurse specialists work across the Trust providing professional advice and support to health visitors, school nurses and other nursing staff working in the area of safeguarding children. They provide safeguarding supervision to all health visiting and school nursing staff and work closely with social services and other agencies to ensure child protection policies, procedures, guidance and legislation are incorporated in the day-to-day practice of nursing staff. Safeguarding children nurse specialists also participate in case management reviews and ensure the learning is shared with other staff.

Contact details – 028 9442 4600

Behaviour Assessment Service

The Behaviour Assessment Service is a nurse led service which provides an assessment of child/young person’s behaviour and the potential impact these behaviours may have on their social, emotional development and academic achievements. The service works closely with parents, families, health professionals, GPs and education staff in assessing and identifying appropriate management and treatment plans for children and families, often referring to other community, voluntary and statutory services for on-going support and management.

Contact details: 028 2563 3753

Paediatric Continence Service

The Paediatric Continence Service is a nurse led service which offers advice and support to all children, their families and their carers on all aspects of bladder and bowel problems including children who use catheters and /or stomas.

Referrals are accepted from health professionals, GP, school, parent and carer.

Children are assessed and offered intervention from a member of the Public Health Nursing Team and a referral may be made to the Paediatric Continence Nurse Specialist where continence problems are complex.

Contact details:
Slemish Community Services
Braid Valley Site
Cushendall Road
Ballymena
BT43 6HL
Tel: 028 2563 7150

Page last updated:05 September 2016