Compass provides the Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service (formerly known as the ‘School Nursing Service’). This confidential service is freely available to all school-aged children and young people from 5 to 19 years old (up to 25 years old for people with special educational needs) and their families and carers.
Compass already delivers high-quality services for children and young people, within Coventry and Warwickshire and other areas across the United Kingdom (UK). They won the 2013 Children and Young People Now Award Winner for Early Intervention> as a result of their innovative and high impacting approach to delivering services for children, young people and families
Health uncovered podcasts
A new series of podcasts, which were produced with help from Compass, is hosted by BBC Radio One presenter and actor Cel Spellman. The podcasts discuss young people’s experiences of different health issues, with input from health professionals such as school nurses and mental health specialists.
All podcasts are free and can be listened to on mobile devices.
Healthcare professionals and support teams deliver preventative and universal public health programmes in schools across the county, as well as in youth centres, children’s centres, homes and other locations in the community.
The team comprises:
- qualified school nurses
- community staff nurses
- healthcare support workers
The staff operate out of three administrative hubs in the north, east and south of the county. These teams work flexibly to best meet the needs of children, young people and their families.
School Health and Wellbeing Service activities include:
- annual height and weight measurements of Reception and Year 6 pupils as part of the National Childhood Measurement Programme
- annual health and development questionnaires for Reception and Year 6 pupils
- annual health reviews for Looked After Children (LAC) in partnership with the LAC health team and children’s social care
- contributing to education and healthcare plans for children and young people with long-term health conditions or complex medical needs
- support for schools in developing annual school public health plans and reviewing health-related policies, including the delivery of personal, social and health education (PSHE) in the curriculum
The third annual report for the School Health and Wellbeing Service which covers the academic year 2017-18 will be coming soon.
- Schools wellbeing service review 2016_17 FINAL (PDF, 3.34 MB)
- annual report for the academic year 2015-16 (PDF, 584.47 KB)
Identified Health Needs in Warwickshire
The School Health and Wellbeing Service undertakes annual health needs assessment at a range of key stages. Currently, this is undertaken by parents for their children at school entry (Reception) and by the children themselves in Year 6 (transition to Secondary) and Year 9 with support in the classroom from the school health team.
The data is now available summarising the anonymous results from the health needs assessments undertaken during the academic year 2017/18:
- Health Needs Assessment – School Entry (PDF, 9.0 MB)
- Health Needs Assessment – Year 6 (PDF, 7.6 MB)
- Health Needs Assessment – Year 9 (PDF, 9.0 MB)
This data is used at a school level to develop localised health and wellbeing plans, including the identification of key priorities for that area and how the school will be supported by the service to meet the needs of the children and young people within that school.
Data for the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 is also available to download:
- Health Needs Assessment – School Entry 2015/16 (PDF, 7.9 MB)
- Health Needs Assessment – School Entry 2016/17 (PDF, 8.0 MB)
- Health Needs Assessment – Year 6 2015/16 (PDF, 8.4 MB)
- Health Needs Assessment – Year 6 2016/17 (PDF, 8.4 MB)
Support for physical and mental health and wellbeing
Compass provides support on a wide range of topics covering:
- physical health
- mental health and wellbeing
- positive lifestyle choices
These topics include:
- access to screening and immunisation
- supporting long-term conditions (such as epilepsy, diabetes, asthma and allergies)
- reducing accidental injury
- promoting emotional health and wellbeing
- smoking, drugs and alcohol awareness
- relationships and contraception
- maintaining healthy eating habits
Making healthcare easily accessible to everyone
Compass provides services directly via individual appointments, ‘open access’ clinics in schools, or group-based sessions, depending on individual needs and preferences. We will also ensure follow-up referrals to other specialists and medical professionals, where appropriate.
Safeguarding children and young people from the risk of harm is central to our work. This requires close working relationships with schools, children and family services, health services and other agencies working with children and their families.
Where you can get further information
To find out more information please contact Kate Sahota, Commissioning Lead, Children’s Public Health, Warwickshire County Council via email [email protected]
Please note: you do not need to complete a referral form to access the service. Interpretation and translation services can be arranged on request.