In a bid to tackle health inequalities, the number of school nurses in Camden is set to double over the next three years. As part of Camden Council’s health and wellbeing strategy the number will rise from 13 to 26.
The new service is likely to offer more individual appointments, extra classroom-based learning about keeping healthy, and more support to schools to help promote health and wellbeing. The hope is that it will ensure that Camden children get the support they need to grow up both physically and mentally healthy
The service, which is being provided by Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the NHS, follows a review of Camden’s school nursing service earlier this year when 100 children, parents and schools were interviewed.
The plan is that nurses will support a range of health issues such as reducing teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol use and childhood obesity, mental health, and to ensure all school children receive their vaccinations.
“Camden is a popular area for families from all walks of life,”says Vatche Cherchian, manager at the Camden branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “The increase in nurses will allow all children a better chance of a having a healthy and happy childhood and will instil in them positive messages for when they become adults.”