We work within a skill mix team and are based in a variety of community settings. School nurses work in Integrated Locality Health Visiting and School Nursing teams. School nurses also work with the wider multi professional team across the Borough of Rochdale.
We provide a wide range of care, advice and support including screening, immunisations, health assessments, health promotion activities, health advice and signposting, specialist support and much more.
Some examples of what school nurses can support with include emotional health and wellbeing packages of care, including support with anger issues, anxiety, stress and low mood and specific support with physical health needs for example enuresis (bedwetting).
The school nurses can support parents, carers and educational staff to ensure their childs health needs are being met and facilitate any training needs that have been idenified.
We offer confidential advice in a variety of settings on the request of young people and facilitate referrals to appropriate services as needed. School nurses offer regular drop in sessions in schools, colleges and local health clinics.
Our school nursing map has full contact details for each of our locality teams, along with which schools are covered by each team.
Click here to view the map. Map needs amending to new map as the complex caseload has moved to Rochdale.
We provide a text message based advice service called ChatHealth. This safe and confidential service allows young people to text their school nurse to book an appointment or ask any questions they have, for example around relationships. bullying, drugs and alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, exercise or general health concerns.
The service is for children and young people who live or attend a school in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale and it is available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm, throughout the year (excluding bank holidays).
The aim is to increase the likelihood of young people seeking the help they need, by making it as easy and informal as possible to contact a school nurse. In doing so, we hope to improve their health and wellbeing.
The number to text is 0750 733 0382. Before using the service, there is some important information you need to read. Further details are provided in the attached leaflet.
Tel: 0161 716 5970
Fax: 0161 716 5971
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm