Who we are
Our School Nursing Service provides support for a seamless transition from health visitors to school nurses. It’s led by:
- specialist public health nurses
- qualified nurses
Our vision is to enable Cheshire East’s children, young people and their families to access services quickly in order to be secure, healthy, have fun and achieve their full potential.
What we do
Our service supports children and young people aged 5 – 19 in primary and secondary schools and home educated children, as well as their families and carers. Support is also provided to schools and alternative education providers – every school has a named school nurse.
Our team works in partnership with schools and other professionals to keep children healthy, happy and safe. They promote health and wellbeing, as well as offering the childhood immunisation and vaccination programme.
The service is confidential, non-judgmental and inclusive and treats all children and young people with dignity, respecting gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental health abilities, religion, culture, social background and lifestyle choices.
What we offer
- school entry health and well-being checks – reception and year 7
- vision and hearing screenings for all Reception aged children
- height and weight monitoring in Reception and Year 6 (National Child Measurement Programme)
- health promotion and education
- advice and support
- flu immunisation programme
- sign posting and referrals into other services
- promoting the welfare of children and young people
- weekly drop-ins in secondary schools
- drop in advice sessions both for parents and young people, including our Health Service in Schools sessions, which are delivered in most secondary schools
- Personal Health and Social Education (PSHE) support to schools as required
Additional and targeted support includes:
- contributing to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
- following up of attendances at Accident and Emergency Departments
- supporting children and young people with additional health needs
- emotional health and wellbeing support
- following up school absences due to health needs
Support with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children. It usually starts at about 18 months old, but symptoms usually become noticeable between the ages of 3 and 7.
If your child has attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), they may have lots of energy and find it difficult to concentrate. It can be hard for them to control their speech and actions.
We don’t know what causes ADHD, but experts think it runs in families. It could also be caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a related condition which has similar symptoms, but there is less hyperactivity and the main problem is difficulty concentrating.
Symptoms of ADHD include:
- feeling restless or fidgety
- talking a lot and interrupting
- becoming easily distracted
- finding it hard to concentrate
- saying or doing things without thinking
If you child experiences one or more of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are affected by ADHD.
If you have concerns with ADHD, please speak to your School or School Nurse on the telephone numbers below.
How to access the service
Referrals to the school nurse can be made using the 0-19 healthy child referral form – these are available in all schools or by contacting the team using the telephone number below.
- Telephone: 0300 123 4058
- Email: email@example.com
- School Entry Information
- Immunisation programme
- Height and weight Information – National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP)
Head of Service – Cheshire East
Liz Jones, 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service Lead, Cheshire East
The School Nurse Service is part of the Cheshire East 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service.