School nurses work with school-age children and young people up to the twentieth birthday, with the aim of ensuring they experience the very best health and wellbeing and can reach their full potential.
We work within a skill mix team and are based in a variety of community settings. School nurses work in Integrated Locality Health Visiting and School Nursing teams. School nurses also work with the wider multi professional team across the Borough of Rochdale.
We provide a wide range of care, advice and support including screening, immunisations, health assessments, health promotion activities, health advice and signposting, specialist support and much more.
The school nurses can support parents, carers and educational staff to ensure their child’s health needs are being met and facilitate any training needs that have been identified.
We can see young people on a 121 to support with emotional health and wellbeing packages of care, including support with anger issues, anxiety, stress and low mood and specific support with physical health needs for example enuresis (bedwetting).
We offer confidential advice in a variety of settings on the request of young people and facilitate referrals to appropriate services as needed. School nurses offer regular drop in sessions in schools, colleges and local health clinics.
We deliver immunisation programs to ensure young people have all the recommended immunisations from Public Health England.
We deliver bespoke training to schools to support children with specific health needs participate in normal school life, for example managing asthma and anaphylaxis.
We work within schools to manage public health messages, such as healthy eating, stop smoking & healthy relationships.
We work with partner agencies to ensure a think family approach when supporting our most vulnerable children and young people.
ChatHealth text-based advice service
We provide a text message based advice service called ChatHealth. This safe and confidential service allows young people to text their school nurse to book an appointment or ask any questions they have, for example around relationships. bullying, drugs and alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, exercise or general health concerns.
The service is for children and young people who live or attend a school in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale and it is available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm, throughout the year (excluding bank holidays).
The aim is to increase the likelihood of young people seeking the help they need, by making it as easy and informal as possible to contact a school nurse. In doing so, we hope to improve their health and wellbeing.
The number to text is 0750 733 0382. Before using the service, there is some important information you need to read. Further details are provided in the link below:
As well as offering this service to the young people we have ParentLine, this runs in exactly the same way offering support to parents with children from ages 0 to 19. The telephone number for this is 0750 733 3482.
A service which supports our families to live a happy and healthy life. Facilitating a gateway to other services and professionals when needed.
A named nurse attached to your Children School for support and advice in relation to physical and emotional health needs.
An opportunity to access support face to face, over the telephone or via text message. In an open honest and non-judgemental way.
Social care professional