School nurses rewarded for care given to vulnerable children

Bury school nurses have scooped an award for going above and beyond to support children with special needs to live happy, healthy and safe lives.

Millwood School NursesThe Millwood School Nursing Team, part of Pennine Care, received one of the Trust’s CARES Awards for their commitment to improving the health of children at Millwood School.

Millwood School, based in Radcliffe, provides education for children aged three to 11 years with complex health needs and learning disabilities.

As part of their role, the nurses are required to provide health advice and support to the children; such as the importance of healthy eating, dental hygiene and hand washing.

To help children with different levels of communication or sensory difficulties, the team have had to think creatively - using props, visual aids, sign language or songs to help get their messages across.

Millwood School classroom

The nurses also work alongside other health professionals, delivering sessions together and regularly hosting coffee mornings for families to meet with them to discuss health promotion topics.

Belinda Zabel, School Nurse with Millwood School Nursing Team, nominated the team for the Community Services Bury category of the CARES Awards – which they won.

Belinda said: “I nominated the team for working hard develop activities and lesson plans that support the most vulnerable children in our community to live happy, healthy and safe lives.

 “We often have to think outside the box and enjoy working closely with teachers, families and the children to tailor our work to fit the individual needs of each child.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to know that our support can make a positive difference to the lives of the children of Millwood School and their families.”

A short video about their good work is available on Pennine Care’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUbKcgX01cY

For more information about Millwood School Nursing Team, please visit:  www.penninecare.nhs.uk/buryssnursing