Impact of the school nurse role in delivering the mental health and wellbeing pathway to children

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The school nurse role is underpinned by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

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MRes | MPhil | PhD | MSc by Research
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Summary

In 2013 the role was refocused from mainly carrying out school age immunisations, to concentrating on 10 priority areas (SG, 2013). Overarching headings included vulnerable children and families, mental health and wellbeing and risk-taking behaviour, and child protection. In addition, a referral process was outlined based on ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’. The new model was tested via a pilot study to investigate the impact of the refocused role for school nurses. Findings indicated that the model was viable when the immunising role was transferred to immunising teams with the mental health pathway being most frequently accessed by children (SG, 2017). Since then, there has been no further research.

Questions arise  in relation to how well the model has been adopted throughout Scotland and how children and young people perceive the school nurse role in accessing mental health and wellbeing support. This is important given the negative impact COVID 19 has had on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and merits further investigation to add to the relatively small pool of research related to school nursing in general.

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