Celebrate school nursing week 10-14 July

The first School Nurse Week takes place this year on 10-14 July, organised by Unite and the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA). As well as celebrating the role of these key professionals in the lives of children and young people, it’s also a chance to explain how their work supports the health and wellbeing connections that are made every day between schools, homes and the wider community.

For more information, see: http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectoryourprofession/cphva/healthvisitors/health-visitor-lobby-of-parliament/school-nurse-week-10-14-july-2017/

‘Valuing school nurses’

School nurses and health visitors are in the front line of providing care and support to children and young people. However reduced staffing numbers, funding pressures and overstretch can threaten the effectiveness of these essential community services. In May, the Royal College of Nursing produced an England Policy Report -  The Best Start: The Future of Children’s Health – which focuses on valuing these professionals.   https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/pub-006200

Partners in road safety

School nurses can make a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of school-aged children and young people, as highlighted in Public Health England’s High Impact Area commissioning guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commissioning-of-public-health-services-for-children.

For road safety itself, the PHE’s 2016 document, Road injury prevention: resources to support schools specifically states that, “School nurses can play an important role in reinforcing messages about safety and managing risks, in particular during transition stages.”  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/road-injury-prevention-resources-to-support-schools 

School Nurse Week and beyond can create new opportunities for road safety teams and others to engage with these local workforce partners, providing them with information on the real risks to children on and near local roads, and offering support to spread safety messages through their unique channels of influence.

If you work in road safety, contact your public health team colleagues for links to school nurses in your area.

If you work in school nursing, you can find your local road safety team via the Road Safety GB website http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/regions/

Please let us know if your local area has developed links between road safety and school nursing, so that we can feature your work in an upcoming issue of the bulletin. Contact: ian.evans@capt.org.uk


Updated July 2017