The School nursing service has a public health role and responsibilities for individual children, their families, the school and wider communities. The team consists of qualified school nurses (specialist community public health nurses), community staff nurses and school nurse assistants.
The school nurse is a key health worker in schools and works with the school age population aged 5-19 years and are in the unique position to identify early problems, which may affect the health or development of children and young people. Each school in Brent has a named school nurse with whom children, young people, parents and education staff can discuss any concerns.
When a child starts his/her primary school education he/she will be seen by the school nursing service as part of the Healthy Child Programme for a general health assessment, which will include vision, hearing, height and weight. This is an important assessment to ensure any health needs identified can be met, to enable your child to reach his/her full potential in school. In order to assist in the assessment of your child's health you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and return it to the school.
School nurses can work with both parents and schools to develop an individual health care plan that identifies the level of support needed for children with medical needs in school.
- Support both children with medical needs and offer training and advice to school staff for conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and diabetes
- Work within the Healthy Child Programme for children and young people aged 5-19 years
- Have a dedicated immunisation team that provides leaver’s boosters injections (diphtheria/ tetanus/ polio) and the HPV vaccine, both in schools and clinics as part of the National Immunisation Programme
- Promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and young people including bedwetting, healthy eating, oral health, self esteem and sexual health
- Seek to work in partnership with education, social services, YOT and other agencies as and when required to meet a child’s needs.
The school health teams can be contacted Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm at the following sites:
Kingsbury School Nursing Team
Based at the Sudbury Primary Care Centre.
Tel. 020 3114 7226
Wembley School Nursing Team
Based at the Wembley Centre for Health and Care.
Tel. 020 8795 6112
Willesden School Nursing Team
Based at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care.
Tel. 020 8438 7222 or 020 8438 7300
Harlesden School Nursing Team
Based at Monks Park Primary Care Centre.
Tel. 020 8453 5936