School Nursing (Islington)

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About the School Nursing Service
The service supports children and young people from 4 to 19 years attending mainstream and special schools in Islington. We aim to ensure that each child and young person achieves his or her full educational potential. We provide a valuable link between health and education.
 
Who are we?
The School Nursing team includes:
  • Registered School Nurses
  • Registered Community Nurses
  • Health Care Assistants
We work in partnership with each child and family, as well as professionals including the:
  • Health visitor
  • General Practitioner(GP)
  • Dietician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Hospital
  • Teacher
  • Social worker
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS)
  • Educational Welfare Service(EWO)
  • Youth Offending Service (YOS)
 
What we do?
We provide a range of universal services that promote the good health and wellbeing of all school aged children and young people.
 
In addition, we provide targeted work with children and young people who are vulnerable, in particular those with child protection concerns and those with health needs which may impact on full participation and attendance at school.
 
Referrals
We take referrals from parents, teachers, social services and health professionals.
 
On occasions young people who have concerns about their health can also self refer to us directly for advice about staying healthy.
 
Children with Special Needs
If your child is not making progress at school he/ she may need additional help from supporting services. In order to refer to supporting services parental consent will be required for a CAF assessment to be undertaken by the school.
 
The school nurse acts as the key health professional in coordinating health information and will contribute to the assessment with your consent.
 
Advice and Support
At any time during a child’s /young person’s schooling, we can advise and offer support to parents/ carers, young people and school staff on:
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and allergies
  • Enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Any other concerns regarding a child’s physical, developmental and emotional health
  • School attendance
  • Risk taking behaviour/drugs/alcohol
  • Sexual health
 We are available over the telephone, or in person by appointment. If your schools wishes to put your child/young person in touch with the school nursing service, your permission will be sought before any referral is made. The school nursing service will have information on your child since birth as this will have been transferred over from the health visiting team.
 
The service is automatically notified if any child or young person attends an emergency department. Health concerns may be followed up by the school nurse. When attending any emergency department it is important to inform the administration team when registering which school your child is attending.
 
What we offer
We offer a programme of measuring tests, specialist enuresis clinic, school drop in clinics, information, guidance and support for you and your child. The key elements are listed below:
 
Growth measurements – measurements of your child’s height and weight in Reception and year 6
School entry – Providing Health Information on recommended vaccinations, developmental checks, GP registration and dentist to maintaining good health.  Information is provided on the support available from the school nursing service including referral and contact details.
Supporting Schools in managing Long Term and Minor conditions for children and young people to ensure they can access learning and be attending school.
Advice and support to schools on managing health needs, medicines and care plans.
 
Dentist:
It is advisable that your child attends the family dentist at regular intervals. This service is free of charge for children and young people.
 
Vaccinations:
Vaccinations offer protection against infectious diseases. It is recommended your child is vaccinated prior to starting school.
If your child has not had all their vaccinations or if you are unsure please contact your General Practitioner (GP) or practice nurse to arrange an appointment.
Advice can also be provided by the school nurse.
 
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