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Health Visiting and School Nurse Services

Health Visitors and School Nurses are qualified Nurses with special training in Child Health and Public Health who are based either in surgeries, clinics or schools within the community, working closely with other professionals.

They aim to provide for the health of the whole community by identifying health needs within the local community with a focus on:

  • Maternal mental health
  • Smoking cessation
  • Healthy eating including breastfeeding
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Sexual health
  • Immunisations

Health Visitors provide support and advice for parents about:

  • Parenting
  • Infant nutrition and promotion of breastfeeding
  • Growth and development
  • Behaviour management
  • Emotional health e.g. postnatal depression
  • Prevention and management of illness, infection and injury
  • Supporting children in need or at risk of harm
  • Advice and support with managing long term conditions
  • Play and language support
  • Relationship problems e.g. domestic violence, family breakdown
  • Participating in research and the education and training of students

School Nurses support young people and their families with:

  • Sexual health advice and contraception
  • Immunisations
  • Those in need or at risk
  • Reducing high risk behaviour – drug and alcohol use, substance misuse, smoking
  • Emotional support – bullying, family breakdown, anxiety, relationship problems
  • Prevention and management of illness, infection and injury
  • Continence advice
  • Advice and support with managing long term conditions
  • Participating in research and the education and training of students
  • Vision and audiology screening
  • Weight and height measurements