School health services
The Trust provides a comprehensive school health service for children and young people in the borough of Lewisham. In Greenwich, school health services are provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
The school health service works with children and young people aged 5 to 19 both in school and out of school. The service is led by community public health nurses, who work alongside parents, families and other healthcare professionals to promote health and wellbeing. The service provides confidential advice and guidance on a range of issues including safeguarding children, immunisations, nutrition, exercise and healthy living.
All children starting school (aged four to five) receive vision and hearing tests from the school health service. They are weighed and measured under the National Childhood Measurement Programme in reception and again in Year 6 (aged 10-11).
The school health nurse will review any children at school entry with health needs and create a care plan with parents to be shared with school staff.
The safeguarding team works with vulnerable children between the ages of 5-19. They carry out child protection health reviews for all children on child protection plans and lead on the health aspects of child protection. They follow up any child who is referred to children’s social care by our emergency department, and carry out health reviews for looked after children. They also work with schools to support children and young people whose school attendance is affected by a safeguarding or child protection health concern.
The immunisation team administers the flu vaccine for children in primary school, the human papilloma virus vaccine (HPV) for girls in year 8 (or 13 years and above), and the Meningitis ACWY and teenage booster (DTP) vaccine for pupils in year 9.
Weight management programme
Move more, eat well and feel good.
- Moving more
- Eating well
- Feeling good