Reshaping a school health nursing service
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Reshaping a school health nursing service

Sallyann Sutton Team leader, School health;
Jasmin Gill Specialist practitioner, School nursing;
Lorraine Millard Team leader, School health, Walsall School Health Advisers, West Midlands

Faced with staff shortages and a recognition that the core health surveillance system in schools could not be sustained, school nurses in one area decided to pool their skills and target surveillance to children with identified needs. Following completion of a pilot programme in October 2002, the school health nursing service has been restructured and now operates in teams who manage a corporate caseload. The core programme includes a targeted health surveillance programme, a programme of health promotion and a referral system that were modelled on the pilot project.

Nursing Standard. 18, 40, 33-35. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.


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