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On this page, we share with you, any significant interviews, articles, photos and videos highlighting our work in the media. Here you will find articles from the BBC, press releases from our corporate partners, interviews, blog posts and other press articles, including features in health journals from across the profession. These items of interest give just a taste of the efforts we make to raise awareness for issues regarding the health and well-being of children and young people, which need addressing.
Historically, there is very little positive media coverage of School and Public Health Nursing. SAPHNA embrace any opportunities to work in partnership with the media to promote the positive aspects of the profession and impact on children and young people's health. In doing so, we ensure that we utilise the most up to date research evidence and best practice examples, many of which we have been involved in developing.
SAPHNA Invited to Make Significant Contribution to the Department of Health’s Public Health Week 17-21st November 2015
The Importance of Immunisation for Children by Jill Beswick and Sharon White: Viv Bennett, Director of Nursing at Department of Health blogs about SAPHNA and their shared work with the Department of Health to promote children and young people’s public health.
Improving Lives through Supporting Looked After Children – Sharon White.
Director of Nursing Delivers Keynote Presentation at SAPHNA Conference
Attending SAPHNA’s 6th annual conference, Viv Bennett presented to delegates on the vision for nursing and midwifery from a public health nursing perspective and was very interested in hearing school nurses' views on the 6Cs: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage & Commitment and 6 action areas. Welcoming the on-going involvement from SAPHNA, Viv spoke about the School Nurses Development programme continuing with pace, adding that and it was a real privilege to work with such a passionate and professional group of nurses. She acknowledged the incredible progress and how it continues to raise the profile of school nurses and their key role in improving the health and well-being of children and young people.
SAPHNA Work With the BBC to Ensure School Nurses Remain in the Spotlight
BBC Health reporter Phillipa Rigby discusses with Helen Ross (Chair) and Sharon White (Professional Officer) of SAPHNA, the historic perception of school nursing and how the role has significantly changed to better meet the health and well-being needs of children and young people. “School nurses are receptive and non-judgemental. We’re in a position to be means to support maturing people – and they have a voice we continue to listen to.”
SAPHNA Promote the Public Realth Role of School Nurse
SAPHNA comment on the launch of the national framework for School Nursing published by the Department of Health in 2011: Getting it right for children, young people and families. They welcome the model which helps to clearly define the role of School Nursing recognising their key public health responsibilities and will greatly assist commissioners and others in understanding their offer.
Welcoming the new guidance Sharon White, Professional Officer at the School and Public Health Nurses Association, argues that the government’s school nursing development programme will boost the profession and lead to a growth in the workforce, but admitted that some school nurses have been tempted away from the job by the promise of guaranteed work in health visiting.
"Because there has been that commitment to employing an extra 4,200 health visitors, some school nurses who have felt that their jobs are under threat in the current climate of cuts, have opted to move to health visiting because of the security that affords them," she said.
SAPHNA in the Nursing Press
In light of the recent SEND reforms, Sharon White (Professional Officer, SAPHNA) discusses the implications for School nurses, citing that although their contribution to Education, Health and Care plans is essential, the demands that this places on their limited resources are significant.
Working in partnership with the Department of Health and the Queen's Nursing Institute, SAPHNA supports the development of resources for community health nurses working with young carers. Conferences, e-learning and School Nurse champions are just some of the elements that make up this work.
Sharon White describes her working week as a part-time Professional Officer for SAPHNA, which involves keeping up-to-date on public health and professional issues in order to deal with member enquiries, travelling around the UK to conferences and a starring role in a public health DVD.
FOCUS ON: 16th Biennial School Nurses International Conference in Hong Kong. British Journal of School Nursing, 6(9), p. 463:
Sharon White (Professional Officer, SAPHNA), provides an Update on the School Nursing Development Programme. British Journal of School Nursing, 6(7), p. 358:
School nurses, including Sharon White (Professional Officer) and Penny Greenwood (Executive Committee) of SAPHNA are invited to Downing Street to celebrate leaders in nursing. British Journal of School Nursing, 7(5), p. 214:
SAPHNA’s Executive committee member, Elaine Davies (Nee Upson), discusses the initial report of the Munro review of child protection which raises further issues around reform of current universal services, and how School nurses, working with others, can offer ‘early help’ as and when needed by children and their families.
SAPHNA: Raising the Profile of School and Public Health Nurses.
FOCUS ON: The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme. British Journal of School Nursing, 7(7), p. 358:
Nikki’s trust presented at the Department of Health’s School Nursing Implementation Group and welcome the meeting and opportunities to work with SAPHNA and school nursing in promoting its work to school aged children and young people. SAPHNA have much experience of work regarding HPV which is valued by Nikki’s Trust.
How to set up and run HPV clinics in schools “School sessions are an efficient method of achieving high uptake of human papillomavirus immunisation. “Sharon White (Professional Officer, SAPHNA) gives her recommendations on how to run a clinic effectively.
SAPHNA in Partnership With the Department of Health, Launch a ‘Design a Badge’ Competition for School Nurse Young Carer Champions
"The School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) are working with the Department of Health to ensure you get support and help at times when you need it most so, with the help of The Children's Society and Carers Trust, they will be training school nurses to be champions for young carers so they can raise awareness of your needs and make sure other staff understand what support you might need. So we can make sure you can identify who these champions for young carers are, we need your help to design a logo for a badge to make these school nurse champions stand out!"
"This is an exclusive and inspiring interview published by the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) from their annual conference 2013. In the interview, young carer Lauren discusses the different issues of taking over caring responsibilities at such young age, the impacts of this role on child’s education and ways in which school nursing services could support young carers."
The new pathway to strengthen school nurse support for young carers:
The Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network (CHIMAT) Feature SAPHNA
The impact of the Health Visiting ‘Call to action’ on School Nursing services. Many school nurses have contacted the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) as a result of the Health Visiting Implementation Plan and the impact it is having on the profession in some areas. This document outlines SAPHNAs response to the Department of Health as well as a selection of some of the issues facing school nurses.
SAPHNA Work in Partnership With the University of London RE: Innovation in Screening for School Aged Children
The School Screener system is an innovative new way for school nurses
to carry out vision and hearing tests.
SAPHNA Working With Responsible Corporate Partners
"Share Good Times Not Flu... In School" is a service provided to education by AstraZeneca, makers of the nasal spray flu vaccine used in the national immunisation programme and has been written in collaboration with education and school health professionals. It has been developed to help schools facilitate immunisation teams with the least amount of disruption to their normal school day and assist in preparing pupils and parents for what is to take place. "Share Good Times Not Flu... In School" has been developed by the Personal Social and Health Education Association (PSHE) and is supported by the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA).
Hygiene4Health is designed by Sanofi Pasteur MSD in association with healthcare and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) teaching professionals, reviewed and supported by SAPHNA, and aims to provide fun and ‘hands on’ materials for children and their families to engage in hand washing and other hygiene practices. Sharon White (Professional Officer, SAPHNA) said: "Introducing children to good hand and respiratory hygiene practices from an early age will equip them with life-long skills which are essential in the fight to reduce and protect them from infection."
The Hygiene4Health website houses downloadable interactive resources, which can be used at GP surgeries, health centres and family clinics. These include posters, stickers and certificates which can be used as reward systems. The materials are targeted at children aged from 2 ½ to 5 years and are focused around the central hygiene hero characters, including Captain Hand wash and Trisha Tissue, whose special powers help children to learn effective hand washing and correct tissue disposal practices.
SAPHNA Works in Partnership With Sanofi Pasteur MSD to Produce Information and Resources Regarding HPV Vaccination
This website provides information for the general public on HPV (Human Papillomavirus), its links
with cervical cancer and genital warts, and the HPV vaccination:
SAPHNA Work to Promote Sun Safety
Over 2000 school children from 128 primary schools and nurseries took part in the Sun Sensible campaign. They entered the design a Surf board competition to win cool prizes for their school! SAPHNA provided expert advice to help create Sun safety educational materials that were provided to the schools. The resources remain freely available
SAPHNA Work to Prevent the Spread of Infection
Fundamental to Kleenex's vision of being part of everyone-everywhere's daily health routine, is communicating the importance of correct respiratory hygiene.
SAPHNA, working alongside Mandate, developed an educational programme to teach good respiratory hygiene in three simple steps to children aged 4-6, an age when kids are most inclined to learn and take on good habits. It also corresponds with the time school curriculum deal with respiratory hygiene.
The programme was developed in a website format to teach children through fun and interactive games and stories.
SAPHNA Works to Produce Educational Materials, Support and Advice to Professionals and Parents
SAPHNA worked with Thornton Ross to develop educational resources for both parents and professionals regarding the management of chickenpox. This website is intended to make the chickenpox experience as trouble-free as possible for both parent and child by providing practical help for mums/dads and information for healthcare professionals.
SAPHNA Work in Partnership With Rosemount Pharma to Produce a Children’s Medicines Guide;
“Simple Steps That Make Children’s Medicines Easier to Swallow”
Children’s medicines have been increasingly in the spotlight and a new guide from Rosemont is designed to help parents and carers understand more about helping children to take their medicine.
Called “Simple steps that make children’s medicines easier to swallow”, the leaflet answers many commonly asked questions including practical advice about medication administration and what to do if a child refuses to take their medicine. As one in ten children seen in primary care is prescribed at least one unlicensed or off-label medication, there is a simple and reassuring explanation about unlicensed and off-label medicines:
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