All schools in Greenwich have a named school nurse who visits the school weekly or bi weekly dependant on need and the school office will have their name and contact details.
School nurses are qualified nurses with specialist graduate level education in community health and the health needs of school-aged children and young people. School nurses work in partnership with other agencies and as part of the wider multidisciplinary team to support the health and wellbeing of school-aged children.
If any health concerns are identified in the transition handover from your previous school, you have informed the school of any health conditions or health concerns are shared via the previous nurse, the school nurse will contact you to discuss them. If a health care plan is required a meeting with you, your parent / carer and a member of the school staff will be arranged to ensure the safety of you and medications whilst in school.
As part of the healthy child programme and local commissioned core offer, general welcome assemblies are delivered to raise an awareness of who the named school nurse is, how to contact them and what their role is.
In year 13, school nurses work in collaboration with Charlton Athletic Community Trust to deliver assemblies and / or workshops on emotional health and online health questionnaires.
During your time in 6th form within a secondary school, you may see the school nurse as school nurses support schools in providing advice and support with safeguarding issues, supporting the PSHEE (personal social health economic education) curriculum.
School nurses also facilitate confidential drop in’s or 1:1 appointments, so young people can gain advice on emotional, physical or sexual health, anger management, healthy eating, smoking, sleeping problems and more. If any concerns arise in the drop-ins or 1:1, this will be shared with you and the school designated safeguarding lead as required.
A poster with helpful information will be emailed to all school pupils via the school email system. This promotes you to seek advice and support independently, however seek out the school nurse or an adult in school you trust if you need to talk or need help.
Other helpful information and support networks can be found in our 16-19 years pages.
What you talk to the school nurse about remains confidential: which means that I do not talk to your teachers or parents about the stuff you have spoken to me about.
There are some occasions when I will not be able to keep what you have told me confidential:
This is because what you have told me may cause harm to yourself or to another person.
Before I tell anyone, I will give you a full explanation of why I need to tell someone, when the information is going to be shared and who with.