A school nurse in Surrey has worked with children to develop an innovative interactive poster aimed at providing easily accessible health and wellbeing information for teachers and young people.
The poster was developed by specialist school nurse Katrina Sealey who consulted secondary school pupils on the format and content.
“It’s really exciting that young people in Surrey came up with the idea for this digital information”
“The focus group quite strongly came back to us that what they wanted was something digital, something interactive that they can access on devices at home or at school,” she explained.
The online resource has since been launched by Children and Family Health Surrey – the county’s 0-19 community health service provided by Central Surrey Health, First Community Health and Care and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust.
Children can click on different sections to access information, advice, videos and links to other sources of support.
“So, you can directly go from a page about mental health into a video about mental health and then onto, for example, an online counselling service via clicking a link,” said Ms Sealey.
She highlighted that the resource had very much been shaped by the young people she spoke to.
It includes quotes from them, as well as their suggestion for a section called “It’s OK to be different”, which encompasses information about gender identity, confidence and body image.
Following a successful pilot, the poster is now being offered to all year 7 students in Surrey this academic year.
“A really big part of the school nurse role is supporting teachers in school with Personal Social and Health Education,” said Ms Sealey.
She added: “I think the poster really allows us to facilitate that support in a way that teachers can access whenever they need it and also for the kids to be able to access it whenever they need it.”
The resource has already received national recognition after winning the best poster presentation at the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association’s recent conference.
Trudy Mills, director of Children and Family Health Surrey, said: “It’s really exciting that young people in Surrey came up with the idea for this digital information, and that we have now created a fantastic resource – an interactive poster – available to all secondary school pupils in year 7 in Surrey.”
- View the interactive digital poster and see below for video on the initiative