Health visitors and school nurses are qualified nurses who have undergone additional training .There are also school staff nurses, community health nurses, nursery nurses and clinical support workers  within the teams and all hold a recognised qualification.(some clinical support workers may not).

Health visitors work in the community with families with young children to offer support and advice from pre-birth until they enter school full-time.

School nurses work in the community and in schools to offer advice from when children enter school until they leave full time education.
 

The services provided

  • Antenatal contact
  • New birth visits
  • Breast feeding support/advice
  • Immunisation advice 
  • Behavioural management advice
  • Maternal mental health visits (MMH1)
  • Health education groups
  • Diet and lifestyle advice
  • Child development and assessment at 10-12 months,  2 to 2.5 years old and 3-3.5 years old
  • Child health clinics
  • Parenting advice
  • Signposting to other health and social care agencies
  • Oral health advice
  • Stopping  smoking advice 
  • Information on going through puberty 
  • Sexual health advice
  • New parent event
  • Support for children, young people  and families’ with health needs 
  • Training to schools for some health conditions 
  • Referral to other agencies 

Who we work with

We work closely with community paediatricians, children’s therapy services, children’s community learning disabilities team, looked after children’s team and the children’s community outreach team. We work in partnership with schools, Medway public health services, early help and social services.