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.
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
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.
As part of the National Child Measurement Programme, children are weighed and measured by our team at school. The information is used by the NHS to plan and provide better health services for children. Your child doesn't have to take part however the information collected helps your local NHS to plan and provide better health services for the children in your area.
To find out more information about the National Child Measurement Programme visit the NHS website.
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.
Before your child is about to begin school we work with you to understand your child's health needs. We will give you a school entry health questionnaire that you should return to the school. If you identify any health needs then we will work with yourself and the school to agree how we can best support your child at school.
Part of the assessment includes a routine review of their growth, as part of the National Child Measurement Programme and a review of their vision and hearing.
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.
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.