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.
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.