School And Public Health Nurses Association





We work with a host of partners who share the same vision of enhancing the profession through professional growth and development, therefore, improving the health and well-being of children and young people.


Any activity that SAPHNA become active in, is underpinned by our mission statement and must comply with our ethical policy, charitable status not-for-profit declaration and the Nursing and Midwifery code of conduct. We are non-union affiliated and fully independent.


We welcome the opportunity to work with partners across a range of subject areas; both from commercial and non-commercial organisations. Our track record thus far bares testimony to the quality standards that we demand and apply throughout our work. Examples of this can be found in our Resources section.

Professional Support and Advice

In SAPHNA, we have a dedicated Professional Officer, committee and as a registered charity, Trustees comprising key leaders across the school nursing and allied professions who are available for professional advice, support, development and to provide an often much needed listening ear to the concerns of our colleagues. Representing your views and offering the profession a voice are key to our success and drive.


We are proud to have produced a Journal since the association’s inception in 2006. It has been offered in a number of models; electronic, hard copy, free, paid - this was dependant on our structural and financial status at the time. As a free-to-join organisation, we rely on commissioned work with partners, successful funding applications, grants and charitable donations.


As our profile has grown both in recognition and reputation, so has our potential to continue to offer free membership. We are acutely aware of the financial constraints placed on both employers and employees, particularly in times of austerity; therefore, in offering this we aim to ensure equity access to our Journal/Newsletter, website and other products to all working with or aligned to improving the health of children and young people.


Website, Newsletter, Social Media

Our website is our main communication vehicle hosting a plethora of information which is updated regularly. It also provides you the opportunity to shape, change, challenge School Nursing related development through consult, contribution and/or publication. See our Have Your Say section for more information on how you can help.


Our Newsletter takes over from our previous hard copy Journal and is produced on a regular basis, now distributed via e-mail across our network. It is full of the latest School Nursing developments as well as relevant information related to the profession and children, young people and families' health and well-being.


With posts not only in the News section of our website but also on Facebook and Twitter, we provide real-time and daily updates with the most up-to-date information, opportunities and narrative on current happenings in the industry. Through these posts we hope to gain your involvement and support for our work. Via our website and social media channels you can also learn about our work and opportunities for you to become involved in these and other related projects.


In addition, we also have a presence on other social media platforms, such as Instagram and YouTube which we will utilise to share, promote and post related photos and videos for the profession; this also provides us the opportunity to record our own self-produced videos and conference or event coverage to share across our network.

Conferences, Regional Events, Forums, Presentations

We host our own annual conference in October each year bringing together colleagues from across the UK and further.  As part of the School Nurses International (SNI) community, we are involved in producing the biennial global school nursing conference. SAPHNA had the honour of hosting this in 2015 in Greenwich University, London.


Details for the 2016 SAPHNA Conference and the 2017 School Nurses International Conference will be posted soon.

Sharon White, our Professional Officer is co-chair of the SNI.


We offer regional events and professional development forums offering updates on topical subjects informed by our members, policy, research, children and young people, as well as offering a professional development opportunity to attendees.


We are also frequently invited to present at events regarding School and Public Health Nursing with both health oriented and other partners (including education, social care, third sector etc.). This is on a local, national and international level.

Key Stakeholder Members, Expert Advisors

In our expert advisory capacity, we contribute to numerous key stakeholder groups, representing the voice of School and Public Health Nurses and the clients which they serve. Some current and past examples include:


• Public Health England
• Association of Young People's Health
• Children and Young People’s Outcomes Framework Forum

• Department of Health

• Department for Education

• Health Conditions in Schools Alliance

• Health Education England

• National Institute of Clinical Health Excellence

• National Children’s Bureau

• NHS England

• PSHE Association

• Queens Nursing Institute

• Royal College of Public Health

• The Children's Society


As expert advisors, examples of our current and previous projects include:


• Briefing sheets for Local Government Association re School Nursing

• Childhood flu project board (DoH)

• Independent school nurses project (Educational grant Sanofi Pasteur MSD)

• Military families (DoH/DfE/MoD/Vol)

• Review of School Nursing Services (Scottish Executive)

• Review of School Nursing Services and Transformation plan implementation (various)

• Guidance to Commissioners re: service specifications, tender processes, commissioning arrangements etc. (various)

• Guidance and support to providers re: service specifications, robust health needs assessments, tender processes, bid-writing, commissioning arrangements etc.

• Regional events re: childhood flu (Astra Zeneca)

• Supporting pupils in schools with medical needs (DfE)

• Young carers (DoH/QNI)

• Healthy weight training for school nurses (Public Health England)


• Health protection project (PHE)


• Health Passports (PHE)


• Leadership health visiting and school nursing

• Members of SAPHNA do sit on the editorial boards of commercial and other journals in their own right where they act as peer reviewers to articles, conference submissions and award panels.


**Commercial journals make their commercial decisions completely separately to the editorial advice given by professionals who are members of editorial boards. The representatives seek only to ensure that high quality editorial content reaches the reader and professional practice benefits as a result.

E-Learning and Resource Development

Examples of some of the e-learning packages we have helped to develop are:


• Child sexual exploitation (DoH/NCB)

• Complex needs of children and young people (DoH)

• Emotional Health and wellbeing (DoH)
• E-Learning for School Nurses; Emotional Health and Well-being and Complex Needs (PHE/E-LFH)

• Female Genital Mutilation (HEE/DfE)

• Department of Health School Nurse Development Programme


Our expert advice is also sought after by both commercial and non-commercial companies. Examples of our partners include:


• Astra Zeneca

• Association of Young People’s Health

• Brook Sexual Health Services

• Health alliance

• Magic Breakfast

• MindEd

• Sanofi Pasteur MSD, amongst many others.


Examples of other resource development include:


• Educational materials

• Online learning

• Publications

• Briefing papers

• Seminars, webinars and many more.


Further details and more examples of our work can be found in our Resources section.

Service Review and Design

We have conducted a number of School Nursing service reviews for providers and commissioners alike, producing recommendations and plans for ensuring premium School Nursing service offers and to ensure services are as robust as possible for tendering and procurement processes.


We are also involved in implementing service review recommendations/project work; helping to re-shape and transform services. Our expertise is used additionally by other countries across the world to help shape and design their services - building some from the ground up.

Professional Updates

We are active and passionate members of the Public Health England national network for School Nursing and the Twitter community, particularly @WeNurses @WeSchoolNurses.




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