All children and young people aged 5-19 and their families have access to the School Nursing team consisting of School Nurses, Staff Nurses, Early Years Practitioners and School Nurse Assistants. They work in partnership with children, young people and families to empower and enable them to make informed decisions about health, and to support them in transitioning safely and happily into adult life.
The team works in community settings to deliver universal and targeted interventions designed to meet public health outcomes. We ensure the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of families, children and young people across Middlesbrough.
The team encourages and supports parents and carers to develop life-long skills to enable them to make informed choices that affect their family’s future health and wellbeing.
The service works in partnership with other agencies to ensure all families receive support
The team is community-based and is accessible at a range of different venues including the family home, children’s centres, schools and other community venues. School drop ins are available in most secondary schools.
The Middlesbrough 0-19 Service central contact number is 0300 303 1603.
The 0-19 Service can be contacted Monday-Friday 9am-5pm excluding bank holidays.
Referral to the 5-19 service
The service accepts referrals from:
- GPs and other professionals
- Self-referral from parents/carers or young people
- Other statutory and voluntary agencies
We work with children, young people and families to empower and enable them to make informed decisions about health, and to support them in transitioning safely and happily into adult life. The 5-19 Healthy Child Service works in community settings to deliver universal and targeted interventions designed to meet public health outcomes. We ensure the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of families, children and young people across County Durham.
School Nurses are registered nurses or midwives who have an additional qualification in specialist community public health nursing. They are highly skilled in the assessment and co-ordination of support tailored to individual and family needs
We aim to help build parents’ confidence in their ability to give their child the best start in life and listen carefully when parents have concerns. We identify and build on what is going well, and provide information to help parents find their own solutions to problems where possible
The 5-19 Team comprises Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (School Nurses), Healthy Child Practitioners (Registered Nurses), Early Year Practitioners, School Nurse Assistants and Administrators.
We have a named nurse linked to each school and GP practice in the localities in which we work.
We work closely with health visitors so that children and families with complex health and social care needs are identified early. We then put in place a health management plan to support the child’s health, school attendance and education.
The School Nursing team provides a service to all children and young people of school age, and their families, whether or not they are attending school. The service is based on the Healthy Child Programme from 5-19 years old. We offer advice and information, and assess health needs on children entering school and on transfer to secondary schools. We are the first point of contact for schools when there are concerns about a child’s health and wellbeing.
Healthy Child Programme
The Healthy Child Programme is a public health programme for children, young people and families which focus on early intervention and prevention.
The HCP offers a programme of:
- screening tests,
- developmental reviews,
- Information and guidance to support parenting and healthy lifestyle choices.
We are also responsible for:
- Measuring and weighing children in reception and year 6 as part of the National Child Measurement Programme;
- Universal screening for vision and audiology (hearing) screening for reception children
- There is a designated Immunisation Team who undertake immunisation and vaccinations
- Providing enuresis (involuntary urination) advice and support
- Providing emotional health and wellbeing support;
- Supporting children and families with additional health needs or disability
- Parenting and behavioural problems
- Risk taking behaviour including drugs and alcohol
- Stopping smoking
- Relationships, sexual health & pregnancy
- Promoting healthy lifestyles in schools and communities through health education
Specialist advice and support will also be offered to:
Children in need of protection and their families; children and families in need; foster carers and children who are in care.
When young people and families require targeted interventions, these may be provided solely by the Healthy Child Team or delivered in partnership. Common partners for such interventions are stronger families, education, weight management services, leisure services or youth services. We liaise with the relevant agencies to provide a ‘one team’ approach.
The 0-19 Service positively encourages feedback from families and young people and uses a range of methods to capture and improve their experience.
Locality Manager: Alyson Harker
Professional Lead: Rachel Wigan
Clinical Lead: Marie Kelleher
Clinical Lead: Lynn Redhead
Clinical Lead: Tina Steel
Clinical Lead: Diane Skirving
The 5-19 Service is delivered in partnership with a range of health, social and education organisations and teams including:
- Stronger Families
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Sexual Health Services
- Community groups