5-19 School Health Service
Due to the quickly-changing situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the Children’s Health 0-19 Service will be reducing the number of face to face meetings. This precaution is needed to help reduce the spread of infection and to help to keep everyone safe. We are working hard to make sure that we provide the best quality service that we can.
Where suitable services will be provided over the telephone and video messaging instead of in-person. However we will still make some face to face meetings but we will contact you beforehand to check it is safe for us to meet and ask that you wear a face covering.
Remember that in most cases, Covid-19 only causes mild illness.
If you require support from our Health Visiting Service, School Health Service or Family Nurse Team please contact our Single Point of Access on 020 3373 9983.
If you require any health advice call 111 or your GP. In an emergency call 999.
Remember to wash your hands more often, for at least 20 seconds. For links to government and NHS information about Covid-19 go to www.newham.gov.uk and follow the links.
Go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if you are concerned that you may have come into contact with coronavirus.
For NHS advice on COVID-19 related and childhood illnesses and injuries during the pandemic please go here.
Public Health England have issued some posters on the importance for immunisations for pregnant women (click here), babies (click here) and your family (click here). You should still book for you or your child(ren) to have vaccinations during the pandemic period because it’s important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection. Please click here to view guidance on attending vaccination appointments.
To help support and reassure families about the safe return to school the Council has created a webpage which contains helpful information and guidance – please see the webpage for further information www.newham.gov.uk/backtoschool.
Who we are
We are a team of qualified nurses, nursery nurses and school health assistants with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families.
We work with children, young people and their families, schools, maternity services, GP's and Social Care to deliver the Healthy Child Programme. The Healthy Child Programme 5 -19 years is the early intervention and prevention public health programme.
What we do
We aim to improve the health and well-being of all children and young people from 5 - 19 years and their families. We offer information and support in:
- emotional health and well being
- school readiness and transition to secondary school
- managing complex and additional health needs
- monitoring growth and development
- vision and hearing screening
- support with growing up and preparing for adulthood.
We also offer support when more help is needed with:
- specific parenting issues
- additional and long term health conditions
- accident prevention
- emotional health and well-being
- domestic abuse
- dealing with exam stress
- special educational needs
- drugs and alcohol misuse
- Looked after children and young carers.
We also provide health promotion sessions in primary and secondary schools on a variety of topics including:
- healthy eating
- oral hygiene
Individual Health Care Plans
We write initial individual health care plans (IHCP) for children and young people with long term health conditions. This support is provided when:
- medication is required in school and/or
- daily support in school is required and/or
- there is a risk for the need of emergency intervention.
IHCPs are decided in partnership with the school, parents, GP and/or other health professionals.
We conduct health assessments for children and young people.
The assessment includes general health questions and height and weight measurements. The assessment is the starting point for identifying what the health needs are, what they might be in the future and if there are any health and well being concerns.
Together we agree a plan and make a referral to other services for further support if agreed.
The National Child Measurement Programme
What happens in the child measurement programme?
If you have a child in Reception (ages four and five) or Year Six (ages 10 and 11), you will receive a letter from us before your child is measured. On the day, trained staff will weigh your child and measure their height, in their clothes at school. They'll ensure the measurements are done sensitively and in private, and your child's results will not be shared with teachers or other children.
Why is it important that my child is measured?
This will tell you if your child is in the healthy weight range. If your child is overweight, you can get support from the school health team or local NHS services. Your child doesn't have to take part, but every child measured is contributing to the national picture about how children are growing. The more children who participate, the clearer that picture will be. The information collected helps your local NHS to plan and provide better health services for the children in your area.
How do I find out my child's results?
Parents will automatically be sent their child's results in the post. The letter sent by your local provider before the measurements take place will explain how you will be informed about your child's results. you're concerned that your child might be underweight or overweight, speak to your GP, school nurse, who can offer advice and support.
Vision and Hearing Testing
We are excited to announce that the Children’s Health 0-19 Service will be offering hearing and vision screening to all reception-aged children (4-5 years) who attend schools in Newham where we are already providing a service.
Vision is tested using a letter of different sizes at a standard distance. If your child does not know their letters we can still carry out the test using a matching system. Each eye is tested separately.
We will write to you to inform you if your child passes or fails and inform you of the next steps. Depending on the type of vision loss we will advise you to see your local optician or arrange a referral to a local hospital.
Hearing is tested with a simple listening game using headphones.
If your child does not pass the hearing test we will refer them to the Audiology at a local hospital for more detailed tests in a sound proofed room.
School Entry Health Questionnaire
The School Entry Health Assessment (SEHA) is a questionnaire that we ask parents/carers of reception aged children to complete when they start school. The SEHA asks questions about children’s health and wellbeing. We will contact you if there are any long-term health needs or if you have identified any concerns or worries so we can discuss them further.
The information you provide on this form is confidential and not shared with your child’s school unless you give us consent. We will first contact you to discuss before we share any information. The SEHA can be completed by clicking here
Referring to School Health
We accept referrals from parents, GP’s, schools and specialist services as well as self-referrals. We also refer children and young people on wards to other specialist services if required e.g. CAMHS, Ophthalmology etc. Please use our referral form below to refer to our service.
All feedback is appreciated and encouraged. Please let us know how we are doing, and help us to work together to improve the health of all children in Newham. To leave your feedback, please complete our survey below.
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