School Nursing Team

We provide a service to all children and young people of school age, and their families, whether or not they are attending school. We offer advice and information, and assess health needs on children entering school and on transfer to secondary schools.

We offer information and advice, and assess health needs on children entering school and on transfer to secondary schools. We are the first point of contact for schools when there are concerns about a child’s health and wellbeing.

When young people and families require targeted interventions, these may be provided solely by the School Nursing Team or delivered in partnership. We work as part of the Integrated Team approach in County Durham known as One Point.

We work in local schools and a variety of community venues including children’s centres, health and home settings.

Who to contact

Contact name
School Nursing Team
Telephone
03000 263 538
Website
https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/

Other details

Referral and availability notes

We accept referrals from a range of sources including:

  • children and young people
  • parents/carers
  • schools
  • other health professionals
  • GPs
  • partner agencies
  • Families First

Local Offer

What does your service do?

What does your service do?

To deliver the Healthy Child Pathway to children and families within Darlington and Co. Durham, through which every school has a named school nurse who has responsibility to work together with all key stakeholders, children, young people and their parents. 

The service ensures a standardised approach for the assessment of Child and Family Health Needs. Packages of care which meet and deliver both universal and targeted specialist services are offered. The Framework for Assessment allows the identification of needs, when such needs are identified additional services and support can be offered.

Services typically include:

  • Child and adolescent monitoring programmes
  • Support for children and young people with additional emotional health and wellbeing needs
  • Promote emotional health and wellbeing
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Signpost and/or refer to appropriate services where necessary
  • Contribute to transitional planning
  • Health Drop in clinics
  • Development and maintaining of care plans
  • Health advice
  • Immunisations
  • Advice on procedures for control of infectious diseases
  • Support schools with medicine management plans
  • Promote health education throughout the school population
  • Contribute to the delivery of PSHE
  • Safeguarding children and young people

School nurses provide a full term time service to all school aged children (4 to 19years) within Durham County Council & Darlington Borough Council with a reduced service during school holidays. 

Every child and young person will be individually assessed and any time limited package of care regularly reviewed 

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

The school nursing team work predominately in local schools, home environment and community settings.

Who does your organisation provide a service for?

Who does your organisation provide a service for?

School nurses provide a full term time service to all school aged children (4 to 19 years) within Durham County Council & Darlington Borough Council with a reduced service during school holidays.

The service will be available to Children and  Young People who are:

  • Educated at home (Provision of information about services available and how to access them)
  • Gypsy, Roma and Travelling Families
  • Not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Education other than at School (Eotas)
  • Special education needs (SEN)
  • Pupil Referral Unit
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Children with Complex needs educated in main stream schools
  • Children/YP in further education
  • Children in the Looked After System eg foster care
  • Young Carers
  • Private Schools (Level of service provision to be dependent on service user needs)
  • Academy Schools (Level of service provision to be dependent on service user needs)
  • Schools, colleges and universities, and contacts of cases during urgent mobilisation for emergency outbreak response

Any areas of complex health needs will if necessary be signposted and/or referred to appropriate services

How can I start using the service?

How can I start using the service?

Direct contact can be made by children, young people and their parents. A referral can also be made by any other professional with consent.

There may be some delay in some services offered due to either clinic dates, locations and capacity eg nocturnal enuresis service

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Any child and their family aged 4-19 with SEN can use the service

How do I know what is going on and can I be involved in making plans for the future?

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making / planning?

Regular and effective communication, through Team around the Family and the use of the Lead Professional Passport. 

Patient experience and comment cards and questionnaires, feedback/lessons learnt from comments, compliments and complaints received and Investing in Children.

Is your service fully accessible?

Is your service fully accessible?

There may be some areas of buildings not fully wheelchair accessible, please check with the venue.

Any child with additional needs will be offered accessibility to buildings. Staff ensure that privacy, dignity and confidentiality is adhered to as per CDDFT policy. Any additional support required would be discussed with the family in advance.

The school nursing team will work collaboratively with children and families to identify how services will be accessed to meet individual specific needs recognising that adaptations may be required

What training have your staff had regarding SEND?

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

Staff access training from the CDDFT Learning and Development Programme and Specialist Services. This will include updates on:

  • specific medical conditions
  • safeguarding children and young people
  • disability awareness
  • moving and handling
  • health and safety
  • any other required appropriate training

Specialist staff include:

  • School nurses with a specialist interest in children with complex health needs
  • Registered Children’s Nurses
  • Specialist Health Visitors

The school nursing team also works closely with,

CAMHS, Midwifery, Children and Young Peoples Services, Safeguarding Team, Paediatric Specialist services, Accident and Emergency department. GP’s. Children’s Disability Services Team

Who can I contact for further information?

Who can I contact for further information?

Please speak to you named school nurse.

Disclaimer

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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