What school nurses mean to young people in Bury

Bury school children have designed posters for a competition to show why the school nurse is important to them.

Rachel Legge

The competition, entered by year 7 pupils at Tottington High School, was held by the Bury School Health Team from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, in order to raise awareness of the service they provide.

The team asked the students to design a poster about why their school nurse is important to them and 23 entries were submitted in the hope of winning first prize, which included a junior swim membership at Ramsbottom Pool and Fitness Centre, a £20 Argos voucher and a selection of toiletries, pens and other goodies.

Eleven year-old Rachel Legge, from Tottington, was chosen as the winner and she was presented with her prizes by School Nurse Trish Bond during a presentation assembly at the school.

Rachel’s poster featured pictures to show ‘what the school nurse can help me with’, which includes bullying, healthy eating, friendships and drugs and alcohol.

The school nurses provide a range of care and confidential advice to children and young people, aged five to 19 years, via drop-in sessions at local schools or home visits. This includes screening, immunisations, health assessments, health promotion activities and signposting to other appropriate services.

Rachel’s design will now be reproduced and distributed to all staff and students in the school to promote the service and how it can help.

School nurses posterTrish Bond said: “I was very impressed with the quality of posters that were submitted, so well done to everyone and congratulations to Rachel for being chosen as the winner.

“We wanted to raise awareness that we are available to help school children with their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing needs, along with offering a non-judgemental ear for a chat and to give them advice.

“I think Rachel’s design perfectly gets this message across, along with the fact that coming to us is not embarrassing, but important in keeping pupils as healthy and happy as possible.”

“Our team would like to thank Tottington High School and the local community for their support with this project.”

For more information on the Bury School Health Service, please visit: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/buryschoolhealth