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Survey to assess 'true picture' of school nurse workforce

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School nurse leaders at every NHS trust will receive a questionnaire about their team’s training.

The survey has been designed by Unite/CPHVA and the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which will ask all team leaders to fill out the forms honestly to provide an accurate picture of what is going on within the workforce.

Qualifications and the type of work carried out, especially around child protection, will be a key focus of the survey.

Whole time equivalent figures, revealed in parliament last week, show there were 815 qualified school nurses in England in September 2007.

Ros Godson, CPHVA professional officer for school health and public health, said: ‘The government’s figures show just over 800 full time equivalent fully qualified school nurse.

‘We do not think this is an accurate reflection and hope this will allow us to present the true picture,’ she said.

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