Cumbria County Council has announced that it is to invest £85,000 in recruiting more school nurses.
The additional investment means three extra school nurses will be recruited by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Alongside the investment in new posts, changes to the school-age nursing service are being made from September in response to new national guidelines.
These will make the service more accessible to children and young people in the future by offering it in schools but also at drop-in centres, in the family home or other venues.
In theory, children will receive a more in-depth health assessment at Reception Year. In future years, the health assessment programme will be expanded to cover all Year 6 and Year 9 pupils.
The new-look service will be introduced in south Cumbria first, with the rest of the county expected to follow from September 2014.
Councillor Patricia Bell, council cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “This new investment will help to ensure more children get the level of advice and support they need, when they need it.”
Mary Kiddy, consultant nurse for public health at CPFT, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Cumbria County Council to develop an improved health service for school aged children and young people, which will help to identify their health needs at key stages during their school career.
“Our school nursing team is the frontline between schools and the wider health service and they do a great job in supporting children and young people who have health problems to continue attending school and in signposting and referring them onto other health services that they need,” she added.
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