School health services

Children

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 in the local community both in school and out of school. The service aims to help children and young people achieve optimum health through engagement with schools and families. 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

The School Health Service is comprised of four teams that work collaboratively with other community services to provide public health initiatives, advice and support to school aged children and their families.

 

Screening and universal service

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.

E: lg.shsscreening@nhs.net

T: 020 3049 3415

 

Safeguarding service

The safeguarding team works with vulnerable children between the ages of 5-19. The team assesses and promotes the health needs of vulnerable and young people.  The team leads on the health aspects of child protection. They also work with schools to support children and young people whose school attendance is affected by a safeguarding or child protection health concern.

 E: lg.shshsafeguarding@nhs.net

Telephone: 020 3049 2369

 

Immunisation service

The immunisation team administers the flu vaccine for children in primary school, the human papilloma virus vaccine (HPV) for girls and boys in year 8 (or 13 years and above), and the Meningitis ACWY and teenage booster (DTP) vaccine for pupils in year 9. The team also administers MMR vaccines for those who have not completed the schedule.

E: lg.shsimmunisation@nhs.net

T: 020 3049 1897

 

Weight management programme

Facilitates a 10-week programme licenced under Henry called ‘Healthy Families-Growing Up’ for families with children aged 5-12 years

E: lg.shshealthlifestyle@nhs.net

T: 020 3049 3415

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.