Wiltshire young people have their say on School Nursing service improvement

Children and young people from secondary schools and colleges across Wiltshire were empowered to have their say and share ideas on how to improve the School Nursing Service they receive in the county last month.

More than 60 students, who were in attendance at the first ever Youth Summit in February, came up with plenty of fascinating thoughts on how the service could be developed and improved, with ideas such as a texting/email service to ask questions discreetly, instant access support and flexible hours to see a school nurse.

The School Nursing Service is a part of Wiltshire Children’s Services, which includes many NHS and local authority-commissioned services for children and families. Virgin Care has run the services, which are part of the NHS and free at the point of use, since April 2016 on behalf of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council.

Virgin Care’s School Nurses also engaged and raised awareness of the service during the workshops to inform and educate them about the role of the school nurse through a health-based ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ quiz.

The summit was planned and delivered by a team of young people who work with Wiltshire Council, Healthwatch Wiltshire and Wiltshire Police, and was delivered in partnership with Devizes School.

Representatives from Wiltshire Police, Healthwatch, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Wiltshire Council and Oxford Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services were also present in the capacity of panellists, presenters and holding workshops.

Wiltshire Children’s Services includes many NHS and local authority-commissioned services for children and families. Virgin Care has run the services, which are part of the NHS and free at the point of use, since April 2016 on behalf of Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council.

Val Scrase, Head of Operations for Wiltshire Children’s Services, said: “We had some really positive dialogue with the numbers of children and young people in attendance and we are pleased that we were able to inform, educate and engage with them so that they understand better the role of a school nurse in their schools.

“We’re pleased the students felt empowered to have their say regarding issues that concern them and we will listen to their ideas as to the way they would like services delivered and look to implement some of them over the next year.

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