In Tower Hamlets, a training programme has improved the way school and nursery nurses address mental health issues in children and young people
Safeguarding children is challenging and emotionally draining, so safeguarding supervision needs to be built into daily practice. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
After a redesign of Scottish school nursing services led to patchy provision of support for children and young people with nocturnal enuresis, the ‘GIRFEC’ approach offers a template for standardising services
Sandra Hanson and Helen Ripper made a video that helps parents and GPs to treat childhood constipation in the community. Their initiative won the Continence Promotion and Care category in the 2017 Nursing Times Awards
In 2018, the Slough ‘asthma bus’ will tour secondary schools in the borough of Slough for the third consecutive year. This initiative won the Respiratory Nursing category in the 2017 Nursing Times Awards
Parents want reliable information on the benefits and risks of vaccination, and time to discuss it with health professionals. This summary of an NIHR-funded study includes an online self-assessment to test your understanding of the research
An ongoing study has found that perceived stigmatisation causes feelings of shame in children with continence problems and results in them avoiding social activities
Two organisations have developed resources to help improve and increase provision and reduce fragmentation of continence services for children and young people
Changes in provision mean bladder and bowel problems are no longer the remit of school nurses. Is their involvement essential or a costly luxury?
A project provided children and young people with better care and support, and improved education and awareness for parents and teachers
A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances
Learning to use the toilet can be challenging for some children with autism. Nurses have an important role in supporting children and their families
Children with continence problems may experience social and psychological problems. A toolkit aims to support schools to provide appropriate care during the school day
A project to make school nursing services in two secondary schools more accessible enabled young people to contact their school nurse using a mobile texting service
Despite improvements in sexual health education and services for young people, pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections among this group remain high
All health professionals need to be aware of rare disease and ensure patients receive prompt diagnosis, information and ongoing support
Vaccination against rotavirus, which causes significant morbidity in preschool children, is due to become part of the childhood immunisation schedule next week
If your kitchen smoke detector starts to shriek, do you: (a) cover your ears and assume the din will eventually stop, or (b) act immediately to keep you and your loved ones safe?
Hay-fever symptoms tend to coincide with school and college examination periods and, if uncontrolled, can have a detrimental effect on students’ results
Growing levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs pose a serious threat to healthcare systems. Nurses have an important role in combating this threat
A nursing and midwifery career gives us incredible experiences and privileges.
Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used for analgesia in soft tissue injury. The evidence to support this is weak, plus NSAIDs may even delay healing.
Peripheral arterial disease has a low profile, despite its threat to life and limb. A trust set up a PAD service to provide diagnosis and treatment. Peripheral arterial disease part 2 of 2.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy is effective for people with emotional trauma; here it is explained and its efficacy illustrated with case studies.
A trust piloted a story and poetry reading group for patients with acute mental health problems, which encouraged them to relate to the texts and each other.
Well planned and delivered end-of-life care is shaped by the patient’s life and personality.
People are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes as they age.
Young people want and need to know about dementia. Schools provide an ideal learning environment so an online unit has been developed for secondary education.
Data on an innovative chaplaincy service shows many patients are being given spiritual support at the end of life and are choosing their place of care.
This first in a two-part series on peripheral arterial disease outlines the risk factors, signs and symptoms of this complex condition, as well as how best to manage it. Peripheral arterial disease part 1 of 2.
Some women with type 1 diabetes deliberately omit or reduce insulin dosages to lose weight. This diabulimia may lead to serious heart and neuropathic complications.
Medicines management is a core nursing skill. This review gives an introduction to and taster of our newly launched online Nursing Times Learning unit on drug calculations.
Supplementary hydration and nutrition is often needed for people with acute stroke. Dehydration is a predictor of poor outcomes including discharge to long term-care.
Guidance has been issued for nurses on the insertion of balloon gastrostomy tubes, as more patients are receiving enteral feeding.
How one foundation trust engaged the multidisciplinary team using Rapid Spread change methodology to improve patient nutrition throughout the organisation.
More than 20 organisations, including the Royal College of Nursing, recently signed a statement seeking to rectify misconceptions and inaccurate information about the Liverpool Care Pathway for dying patients.
New figures have shown that bedwetting costs families an extra £716 per year. For a lot of families, an extra £700 could buy a holiday or two months’ worth of food shopping.
Fewer than one third of primary school children drink enough fluids, which can affect their cognitive function as well as their physical health.
Bedwetting can prevent children actively participating in social and school activities. Nurses can support and advise families as well as referring them for specialist help.
Adolescents’ motives to start and quit smoking differ from adults’, and their vulnerability to dependence makes prevention and refusal skills priorities
Lifestyle changes can help to prevent osteoporosis. Nurses are in an ideal position to raise awareness of issues such as bone health and fracture risk.wals
Despite school nurses’ remarkable contribution to the health of young people, we are facing a shortage of these vital practitioners - and increasing demands for their services.
A sexual health outreach team found that combining educational sessions with testing increased uptake of screening among young people
Norovirus has a significant impact on healthcare resources. Nurses can help to prevent its spread by maintaining good hand hygiene and infection control measures
Gagging, choking, vomiting and refractory wheezes are classic signs that children may have ingested foreign bodies
How a patient experience questionnaire for young outpatients was developed
Sexual health problems are a public health issue. Nurses are often reluctant to discuss this topic with patients so advice is given on how to approach the subject
Nurses have a vital role in encouraging patient concordance with eczema treatment
Vomiting, abdominal pain and blood in stools are the classic triad that should alert nurses to the possibility of intussusception in a child
The new any qualified provider system aims to extend choice in continence services
Idiopathic constipation can affect all aspects of a child’s life. A member of NICE’s guideline development group outlines their first ever guideline on this condition
New NICE guidelines will help nurses to be proactive about improving the lives of children and families who are affected by childhood continence issues, says Jenny Perez
Children with bladder problems may need help with catheterisation at school. Health professionals must know local and national policies to deliver this safely Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
Faecal soiling can isolate children and leave parents feeling helpless. School nurses can support families and school staff in helping children manage this problem
A member of the NICE guideline development group highlights the important issues from the latest evidence based guideline for Nursing Times readers Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
Poor standards of school toilets contribute to continence problems in children. School nurses should encourage schools to improve facilities, says Jenny Perez
Children and young people with learning disabilities have little education on sex and relationships. Specialist nurses developed a national resource to support staff
As health visiting suffers a recruitment crisis, unprepared staff are being asked to work with vulnerable families. This raises child welfare concerns, say Yvonne Crome and Val Thurtle
Immunisation numbers are increasing but members of some populations are slow in coming forward. New guidance from NICE looks at tackling the problem
Exploring the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to cut rates of teenage pregnancy
A nurse led service at a college increased access to sexual health services
A child and family consultation service set up a school mental health team in a joint approach with schools to help children with mental health difficulties
Better designs for school toilets will negate the need for CCTV cameras
CCTV cameras have been installed in school toilets in a school in Wales. Nickie Brander, Campaigns Organiser for ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) responds to public concerns
This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a school-based HPV vaccination programme.
Background: Education and support on emotional health are vital in helping adolescents to maintain good mental health and protect them from future ill health.
Debra Forster and Claire Winser discuss how collaborative working in an asthma service has improved the care of children with asthma in Nottingham.
VOL: 103, ISSUE: 26, PAGE NO: 30Jane Freak, RGN, SEN, NNEB, is Macmillan skin cancer clinical nurse specialist, surgical directorate, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, DorsetThere is good evidence to suggest that sunburn before the age of 15 increases the risk of developing melanoma in la...
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School nursing is a prime example of how nurses’? roles in the community are changing.
VOL: 102, ISSUE: 15, PAGE NO: 42Hilary Hollis, MSc, PGDip Nurse Ed, RN, RNT, is acting head, School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, LondonThe NHS Cancer Plan (Department of Health, 2000a) recognised that it was critical to invest in NHS staff through ed...
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Viv Crouch, RGN.School Nurse based at Bath and North East Somerset Primary Care Trust and a Nurse Adviser to the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Group.Does the availability of emergency contraception from the school nurse encourage teenagers to have unprotected sex?
Obesity has been described as a national epidemic with the prevalence of obesity and overweight children of all ages increasing (NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, 2002). The published findings last week of the Health Select Committee’s report on obesity (Health Select Committee, 2004) made bleak reading for all health professionals involved in health education and health promotion, and has highlighted the seriousness of the problem.
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The health of the Nation (Department Of Health, 1992) stated that by the year 2000 unintended teenage pregnancy should be reduced by half. Having failed in this undertaking the government set a similar target in Our Healthier Nation (DoH, 1998) but extended the deadline to the year 2010. The high rate of teenage pregnancy in this country is shameful according to prime minister Tony Blair, as recorded in the report by the Social Exclusion Unit (1999).
Children do not drink enough during the school day - and the resulting dehydration contributes to continence problems (Box 1). One important part of treating these problems is an adequate and regular fluid intake during the day (Haines et al, 2000). However, it is not uncommon for pupils to go six or seven hours without a single drink, and those who do drink usually drink less than they need (Almond, 1993; Haines et al, 2000).
VOL: 98, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 47June Rogers, paediatric continence adviser, Knowsley Primary care Trust, and director of PromoCon, ManchesterRegular fluid intake and easy access to the toilet are implicit in any treatment programme for children with wetting and soiling problems. In fact, just by adjusting what, when and how much a child drinks and ensuring regular complete voids can often lead to a dramatic improvement in the wetting problem.
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 41, PAGE NO: 38Delya Lane, BMedSci, RGN, RSCN, is a school nurse at the Ivy Lodge Clinic, SheffieldPatricia Day, BMedSci, PGCE, RGN, is a school nurse at Norfolk Park Health Centre, SheffieldBecoming a mother at a young age can have a catastrophic effect on the life chances of both the young women involved and their children.
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VOL: 96, ISSUE: 37, PAGE NO: 43Caia Francis, BSc, MSc, is a project coordinator/research nurse, Division of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol, and a member of The Nursing Times Good Practice Network. For GPN details, tel: 020 7383 5865‘I didn’t know my asthma could be this good. I didn’t know that I could feel this well. I thought that was how my asthma was. I thought that was how it should be.’
School nurses in Doncaster have worked with young people to create a short film to explain the changes that occur during puberty.
Fresh guidance has been launched to help nurses recognise and appropriately respond to harmful sexual behaviour in children.
A book written by a school nurse and Nursing Times Award winner is set to help primary school children across Surrey to develop positive mental health, following the success of a pilot scheme.
A UK nurse expert in infection prevention and control is set to give advice tomorrow at a high-powered US government committee in Washington DC.
Joint commissioning could be the way forward for public health services including health visiting and school nursing, according to the secretary of state for health and social care.
Nurses will be asked to prescribe online therapy sessions as a first port of call for children with mild depression, if new guidance is approved.
Responsibility for commissioning key public health services including health visiting, school nursing and sexual health could revert to the NHS under long-term plans for the health service’s future.
Warning vital prevention services are under threat
The number of NHS nurses and health visitors in England dropped by 872 in August compared to the previous month, latest data reveals.
Children’s wellbeing is being put at risk by national nurse shortages, leaders have warned.
The first class of specialist school nurses to be trained in Scotland since 2001 have graduated.
New standards to ensure children in special schools in Wales receive high quality healthcare from school nurses have been unveiled this week by ministers.
Almost half of sport injury-related emergency department attendances and almost a quarter of sport injury-related hospital admissions are in children and adolescents, according to a UK study.
Numbers of health visitors, school nurses and learning disability nurses in England have continued to fall over the past year, shows analysis of the latest NHS workforce statistics by Nursing Times.
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 obesity crisis among Year 6 schoolchildren has reached new heights, latest figures reveal.
The number of learning disability nurses in the NHS has hit a record low, plummeting by more than 40% in less than a decade, new figures reveal.
A group of health visitors and school nurses have received cognitive behaviour therapy as part of an innovative leadership project designed to combat feelings of self-doubt.
The battle against influenza this winter will get underway across England in early October with a revamped campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated, it has been confirmed.
The upcoming NHS England 10-year plan will fail if health visitors continue to be sidelined from the system as a result of being solely commissioned by local councils, leaders have warned.
Children going back to school are at higher risk of asthma attacks, the Royal College of Nursing has warned, ahead of the start of the new term.
Fears have been raised about the fate of public health provision in a county run by a beleaguered council in financial crisis.
The government has announced today that adolescent boys in England will be offered the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to protect them from cancer.
School age boys in the UK should be offered vaccination against the cancer causing human papillomavirus (HPV), according to government advisors.
Nursing organisations have urged the government not to forget about key health and care services, such as health visiting and sexual health, that will not benefit from the recent announcement of a funding boost for the NHS.
The Royal College of Nursing has backed a call to tackle the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children via catch‐up TV after an analysis revealed that viewers of Britain’s Got Talent on demand were bombarded with adverts for unhealthy food and drinks
The Royal College of Nursing is urging school nurses and health visitors to complete a survey to help it highlight their importance for children and young people’s public health.
Scores of school nurses in Birmingham could be facing redundancy amid plans to cut funding by virtually half and scrap the school nursing service.
Lack of investment in health visiting and school nursing services risks harming children’s health warns the Royal College of Nursing, which has again called for urgent action to address an ongoing decline in these specialist early intervention roles.
A community service provider in Surrey is to pilot the use of a new book written by a school nurse, with a view to potentially adopting it as a mental tool across the county.
Nearly 40 health visitor and school nurse jobs are potentially at risk in Staffordshire due to a redesign of services for children, unions have warned.
The government’s plans to improve mental health services for children and young people are “not ambitious enough” and risk placing more pressure on already stretched services and staff, according to a new report by MPs.
London South Bank University has launched a consultation about whether to close its learning disability nursing programmes permanently following a drop in applications since student bursaries were removed in England.
Respiratory nurses at Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in West London are hoping to reduce the number of visits that young asthma patients make via an innovative visual learning approach.
The national workforce planning body Health Education England has begun a review of community nursing training, following problems filling places on programmes in recent years.
The government has made a “major omission” in plans to improve children and young people’s mental health by failing to commit to a significant boost to the number of school nurses in England, according to a union representing healthcare staff.
School nursing services in Birmingham are only to be targeted at communities in the city that need them the most, under wider local council plans aimed at making £123m of annual savings by 2022.
School-based programmes aimed at preventing obesity in children are unlikely to have much impact on the childhood obesity epidemic, suggest latest UK trial results.
Further cases of measles have been reported in England today, bringing the total number to 122 since the outbreak began last year.
A 2017 Nursing Times Awards winner is the brains behind an innovative children’s book that teaches readers how to express their emotions through the antics of a bad-tempered badger.
Health visitors in Cornwall are facing a bleak future, unions have warned Nursing Times, after Cornwall Council announced a £419,000 cut to the service in 2018.
School pupils’ attention and memory improves after exercise and the best responses to tests come after physical activity set at their own pace, as opposed to exhaustive exercise, a study has found.
Council leaders have warned that fresh cuts to public health budgets are counter-productive in trying to “keep the pressure off the NHS and adult social care”.
Teenagers with incontinence are at greater risk of underachieving academically, and need more support to remove barriers so they can reach their potential, according to pioneering UK research.
Concerns that too few public health and community nurses are being trained in England are growing, as new figures indicate a number of universities have seen reductions in the amount of funded course places they are able to offer this year.
Cases of scarlet fever are on the rise again and reached a 50-year high in England in 2016, researchers have warned.
Health officials are using the idea of children being “super-spreaders” of influenza to encourage vaccination uptake ahead of the Christmas period, in order to protect older people.
There has been an increasing diversity in young people’s heterosexual practices over the past two decades, according to UK researchers.
Only two thirds of health visitor training places were used by the end of the last academic year, while problems filling school nursing and district nursing courses also continued up until the summer.
School nurses from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are urging parents and teachers to make road safety a top priority.
Coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine by children’s second birthday has decreased in 2016-17 for the third year in a row in England.
Last year’s influenza vaccination programme reduced the risk of infection by 66% in children, but had little effect on the elderly, according to Public Health England.
Excluding pupils from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a UK study including thousands of children has found.
Broadcaster and presenter Carrie Grant has been appointed as the new president of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA).
Children with long-term conditions are now “at risk in the classroom” due to the accelerating loss of school nurses, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
Public health nursing jobs are at risk in Shropshire, a union has warned, following the local council’s decision to reduce funding for services by around 14%.
The meningitis ACWY vaccine is to be offered in all Hampshire secondary schools from September in a bid to boost take-up.
Four school nurses have been thanked by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for clocking up 100 years of service between them.
The safety of vulnerable children could be put at risk by the awarding of a contract for health visiting and school nursing to a private provider “with no experience” of delivering complex care, nurses have warned.
A decision by government advisors not to recommend extending routine immunisation against human papillomavirus (HPV) to teenage boys has been met with “disappointment” and “dismay”.
Dramatic falls in the number of nurses specialising in children’s health have been highlighted by the Labour Party, as part of a new policy launch.
A public health expert has urged school nurses to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people, noting that they could be “pivotal” in helping them with issues like bullying or self harm.
Nursing leaders have warned that decades of progress in public health are under threat, after a new analysis revealed spending by local authorities is set to drop by £85m this year.
New legislation has been passed in Westminster, allowing schools in the UK to keep spare adrenaline auto-injectors for emergency use.
Nurses are being urged to help ensure teenagers are vaccinated against measles this summer to protect them from an expected increase in the viral illness at music festivals in the UK and when they travel abroad.
More than 600 children have now been given the MMR vaccination at sessions held in schools in Newport in response to a measles outbreak in South Wales, according to public health officials.
An innovative training package is being launched this month to help healthcare professionals across the UK to “consider the signs and explore the issues around child sexual exploitation (CSE)”.
Increased use of mobile phones by teenagers at night has been linked to changing sleep patterns and, in turn, a decline in their wellbeing, a new study from Australia has found.
Each secondary school and their cluster primaries will have an identified school nurse and associated health team with a variety of skills, according to the Welsh government.
Health visitors and school nurses in Norfolk are to be put through additional training in one another’s field of practice to help plug gaps in the area’s services for young people.
Nurses and other healthcare workers have been warned by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about a technical fault involving some public access defibrillators.
Cuts to crucial school nurse and health visiting services are jeopardising the health of England’s children and young people, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
Health visitors and school nurses are preparing an election checklist with the overall aim of protecting public health budgets from council cuts, union leaders have said.
A protest against plans to cut health visitor and school nurse jobs in York is to take place in the city later today.
Ministers need to “get serious” about recruiting more school nurses if they want to introduce compulsory sex education for all schoolchildren, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
Humber NHS Foundation Trust has put forward plans that could see a 25% reduction in the number of health visitors and school nurses, according to local union representatives.
Health visiting and school nursing services “must be preserved” if the UK is to make strides in improving children’s health, according to a ground-breaking state of the nation report.
Training in nutrition advice for teenagers is to be provided to school nurses at NHS trusts across the country from March, after it was found staff were too time-stretched and ill-equipped to deliver healthy eating information.
Problems recruiting registrants onto health visiting, school nursing and district nursing courses in England have continued this academic year, with universities seeing up to a quarter of training places left unfilled in the first part of 2016-17, according to official figures.
Community staff have been urged by a senior nurse to help tackle the ongoing threat from terrorism in their everyday work by identifying people at risk of being drawn into extremist groups.
Health visitors and school nurses have urged politicians to realise the “serious” risk to nurse jobs posed by cuts to public health budgets in England, and underlined the need for national minimum staffing standards in the community.
A radical shake-up of public health services for children in Cumbria will ensure better support for families, despite reduced funding, according to nurses leading and delivering the new model.
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An article published online this week by Nursing Times reports on an initiative in East London to help school nurses and nursery nurses to detect and address mental health problems in children at an early stage, and to promote pupils’ emotional wellbeing and good mental health.
A “substantial increase” in the number of cases of scarlet fever being reported this year has been highlighted by Public Health England, which is urging health practitioners to be “mindful” when assessing patients.
A new guide to improve awareness of sepsis among health visitors and school nurses has been launched by Public Health England, stressing nurses must be able to signpost parents to help if their child becomes unwell.
Earlier this month, I received a phone call from a school nurse in Slough, who explained to me that she was concerned about the imminent transfer of her service’s contract to a private provider.
A new mental health and wellbeing service for schools is launching next month in North Yorkshire, under a partnership between NHS commissioners and the local authority.
School nurses and other members of the profession coming into contact with children outside of hospitals should look out for “soft signs” that may indicate abuse, according to draft guidance.
The number of health visitors working in the NHS in England has fallen by almost 9% in the space of a year, leading to warnings by senior nurses that the workforce could soon return to previous dangerously low levels.
This week the Local Government Association expressed concerns about the growing incidence of sexually transmitted infection among teenagers and young adults.
A simple new questionnaire based on facial expressions could help school nurses and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness and wellbeing levels.
School nurses from Hertfordshire Community Trust will help run two new health websites for children and young people across the county.
The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has called for better pay to help boost the mental health nursing workforce in the wake of a government major commitment to the sector.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a contract to provide the new 0-19 public health community nursing service for families in West Sussex.
A contract to provide health visiting, school nursing and a range of other services in part of West Yorkshire has been awarded to a group including a foundation trust, a social enterprise and three charities.
The role of schools in promoting emotional wellbeing and preventing mental health problems among children is to be investigated as part of a new inquiry being led by two groups of MPs.
Barnsley Council has been accused of “Scrooge-like” behaviour in the run-up to Christmas over claims it has denied nurses and health visitors an extra day’s holiday awarded to other staff.
Healthcare professionals need to discuss with teenagers safe ways to engage in so-called “sexting” – the sending of self-made, sexually explicit images sent via phone or computer, according to a study.
Only around half of babies born in England’s hospitals last year were delivered by midwives, show the latest maternity figures.
Schools and childcare providers are being told that children with conjunctivitis do not need to see a practice nurse or a GP, as part of a bid to reduce unnecessary primary care appointments.
The mental health workforce often feels “excluded and devalued”, according to a new report calling for fundamental changes in the way child and adolescent mental health services are delivered.
A review is underway of public health nursing posts and other roles in Nottinghamshire, with around 40 redundancies expected, as part of a major service redesign.
The latest rise in the prevalence of obesity among primary school children is “no surprise”, because “vital” public health nursing roles are under threat, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
Local authorities across England are consulting on plans to revamp public health services for children and young people that could affect nursing roles and jobs.
Public Health England has published a new integrated 4-5-6 model for health visitors and school nurses.
More than 700 training places across pre-registration and post-registration nursing courses in England were left empty in the 2015-16 academic year following recruitment difficulties by universities, analysis by the national workforce planning body has confirmed.
Cumbria County Council has outlined plans for radical changes to children’s public health services, which would reduce the number of health visitors, scrap the traditional school nursing service and shut down the family nurse partnership scheme.
Significantly more children are starting school without being toilet trained, according to a joint survey by teachers and a continence education charity.
Health visitors and school nurses in Wales will have to comply with a major initiative launched today to ensure every child up to the age of seven receives “consistent and universal health services”.
The ability of schools nurses to provide support to children with long-term health conditions risks being undermined by high workloads and having to work across many schools, suggests research.
School nurses and other members of the profession should “immediately inform” their organisation’s safeguarding lead when a child or young person displays sexualised behaviour that is not appropriate for their age, new guidelines state.
School nursing is becoming “really difficult” and “very pressurised”, so stated a community nurse specialist during a session at a conference last month.
The vital role of the country’s diminishing number of school nurses is further threatened by bureaucracy, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned.
MPs returning to parliament after the summer recess have hit government ministers with a raft of enquiries about different parts of the nursing workforce.
Nurses working in primary care and public health settings are being asked to help boost child vaccination rates by checking immunisation records for missed jabs.
Cuts to public health funding are a “false economy”, according to the Commons’ health committee
The Royal College of Nursing has warned that falling numbers of school nurses may be putting vulnerable children at risk from sexual assault, ahead of a key meeting of the profession.
Nurses learning to prescribe should be mentored by both a nurse prescriber and a doctor, according to a leading nurse involved in updating prescribing competencies for all healthcare professionals.
School nurses will be a “highly accessible and visible” presence in Birmingham despite cuts to funding, say managers and commissioners.
Nurses, midwives and health visitors should be “instrumental” in local authority efforts to promote good mental health in children, says a new report for councils.
Services aimed at children and young people are bearing the brunt of cuts to public health spending by local authorities, an investigation has revealed.
School nursing services in a south London borough will no longer be run by the current provider, leading to claims that more than 20 nurse jobs are at risk.
Nurses have called for public health funding to be reinstated following a string of cuts to budgets, warning the impact will negatively effect people’s health for years to come.
Concerns have been raised that funding for nurses to train in postgraduate roles, including health visitors, school nurses and district nurses, will no longer be available from next year.
A motion was passed at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference today backing the mandatory training of schoolchildren in cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques.
A survey by the Royal College of Nursing has revealed significant pressure on the current school nurse workforce.
Practice nurses and other healthcare workers are being reminded measles is “not just a kids’ problem”, as part of a new public health campaign.
Council cuts to budgets for health visiting and school nursing services that are putting jobs at risk threaten to “unravel” recent national efforts to boost the workforce, it has been warned.
We talk to Eileen White, director of care at Haven House Children’s Hospice, Woodford Green, Essex. She has been a nurse for 25 years
Suzanne Beaty tells us why she wants to equip nurses with high-quality clinical skills
A survey has revealed gaps between the contribution nurses make to public health services and the level of involvement commissioners believe they should actually have.
A government-funded helpline has been launched by a national charity to help healthcare workers and other frontline staff whistleblow about child safeguarding failures.
We talk to Danielle Garrington-Miller, a 23-year-old paediatric nursing student in her third and final year of training.
A self-professed nurse geek, Anne Cooper has influenced many important advances in NHS technology
A breakfast high in protein, like eggs, keeps children fuller longer than cereal or oatmeal, causing them to eat fewer calories at lunch, according to US nurse researchers.
On hearing that I’m a nurse, the usual response is “Oh! Which hospital do you work in?
We talk to specialist community public health school nurse Emily Govorovski
The specialist community public health nursing programme at Canterbury Christ Church University has been given the internationally recognised Baby Friendly Initiative Award.
Levels of scarlet fever this autumn are indicating a third year of high numbers of cases, according to public health officials.
A major cross-party report out today highlighting the importance of children’s early years development should serve as a warning to the government about the problems being stored up as a result of its “financial disdain” for public health, Unite has said.
A north London council has laid out proposals to cut public health services including health visiting, drug and alcohol, and sexual health over the next three years by up to 60%.
Children appear to be gaining weight as they pass through primary school, with the youngest much less likely to be obese than the oldest, according to latest figures.
Public health spending will be cut by 4% a year in real terms, as part of the government’s spending review.
Government details of how cuts to public health budgets are to be applied have created a “state of despair” among those working in prevention, with health visiting, school nursing and sexual health services all expected to be in the line of fire for savings.
A children’s community liaison nurse from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has received national praise for her work on developing mental health services for school pupils.
Around 20% of girls from ethnic minority backgrounds are not being vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) because they feel they do not need to have it, according to a study.
A pilot scheme to vaccinate older primary school children against influenza in England has been put on hold because of a supply issue.
Children with no access to a garden at age three to five years are at an increased risk of developing obesity by the age seven, according to researchers.
School nursing services across the country face major upheaval, with councils preparing to integrate services following the full transfer of public health commissioning this autumn, an investigation by Nursing Times has found.
Nurses delivering a new vaccine protecting against meningitis should encourage parents to give their children paracetamol following immunisation, due to increased risk of fever.
School nurses are failing to receive sufficient training to ensure children with epilepsy and other long term conditions are cared for properly when they are in education, it has been warned.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has developed new online guide for nurses who are new to working in the school nursing service.
An escalating health crisis is developing among children and young people because of insufficient investment in school nursing, Royal College of Nursing has claimed.
The Royal College of Nursing has criticised the government’s proposal to apply a blanket 6.2% reduction to all local councils to achieve £200m public health savings next year, warning it would disproportionately hit residents in the capital.
Nurses who work for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust could face redundancy because of changes to school nursing services in the region.
Funding and support is being made available for nurses and other health professionals interested in setting up an award winning text message system for engaging with younger patients.
Overstretched school nurses in Rotherham are struggling to help protect vulnerable children, a critical report by the Care Quality Commission has concluded.
School nurses working for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said they were “bullied” when they tried to raise concerns about services, an inspection report has revealed.
New vaccines to protect against different forms of meningitis will be introduced in Wales at the end of the summer, bringing it in line with similar announcements for England and Scotland.
At a recent conference I witnessed celebrations for adult nursing, with sections relating to learning disabilities and mental health nursing. During the course of the day I was waiting for recognition for children’s nurses; it never happened.
Three nurses from the North West attending the Royal College of Nursing Congress in Bournemouth have been credited with helping save a man’s life after he collapsed outside their hotel.
School nursing services in West London are to receive 50% funding cuts over the next three years, following a local council decision to go ahead with plans to re-allocate public health money.
A new text messaging service for 11-19 year olds, which they can use to contact a school nurse for confidential advice and support, has been launched in Norfolk.
Concerns have been raised that the NHS will suffer if millions of pounds earmarked for public health initiatives are taken away from councils to help the government reduce debts.
Five nursing teams have been announced as the recipients of bursaries for developing innovations, including a special kit to help schoolchildren with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Council plans to slash school nursing and sexual health services by 50% have been labelled a “cash-grab opportunity”, sparking fears that other financially stretched local authorities will follow suit.
School nurses are to lead a new weight management programme for children in part of Surrey.
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School nurses in Calderdale are no longer employed by Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust after the local council awarded the service contract to a community interest company.
Specialist mental health services should have a dedicated professional in post to support local primary care providers with child mental health issues, according to proposals from a government taskforce.
Obesity and alcohol problems are major public health challenges that are still not being properly addressed by the NHS, with health workers often unaware of the “shocking” statistics surrounding the issues, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched new online resources for school nurses and general practice nurses who work with carers.
A text messaging service for teenagers run by school nurses at Leicestershire Partnership Trust is one of 13 projects to receive money from a £650,000 NHS innovation prize fund.
A shortage of school nurses must be addressed to improve personal, social and health education in schools, according to an influential group of MPs who also recommend that the subject should be made mandatory.
A “concerning” increase in cases of scarlet fever is continuing across England, public health officials have warned.
Margaret Clarke, professional lead for school nursing in Leicestershire has been made a Queen’s Nurse for her outstanding contribution to local and national school nursing practice.
Big hearted school nurses in Doncaster have collected around 40 gifts to bring some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate than themselves.
Funding has been announced for eight pilot schemes to test innovative new services for children and young people with mental health issues.
One in five children born in the UK at the beginning of the new century was obese by the age of 11, the latest evidence from a long-term study has suggested.
Health visitors and school nurses have been encouraged to use social media in their work because they have the “most opportunities” to use it as a tool, compared to other public health nursing roles.
A national children’s charity has announced the winner of its first ever award for childhood continence care.