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Manchester Healthy Schools team works with over 180 schools in the city to help them become healthier learning communities by developing health and wellbeing outcomes for all children.

The team focuses on key Public Health priorities for Manchester:

  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Improving sexual health
  • Reducing substance misuse
  • A commitment to tackle obesity
  • Improving mental health and well-being

There are a number of Public Health Practitioners who each take a citywide lead in a thematic area to support the key priorities. These include:

  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Drugs and Alcohol Education
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Emotional Health and Resilience
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Unintentional Injury Prevention
  • PSHE

This is achieved by:

  • Raising awareness of the health and social/economic needs of the school-aged population with school staff and other professionals
  • Increasing skills, knowledge and understanding about health-based issues with the whole school community, eg. staff, parents/carers, governors
  • Supporting schools to identify the health needs of their children and develop an action plan

Location:

Wythenshawe Offices, Stancliffe Road

Hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Details:

Wythenshawe Offices

1 Stancliffe Road

Sharston

Manchester M22 4PJ

Tel: 0161 946 8270

Additional Support:

The Manchester School Health Service offers a texting service for young people called ChatHealth, which is a way for young people to get advice and support around health-related issues directly from the School Health Service.

It is a safe and secure messaging service which protects confidentiality and anonymity and is monitored by a small team of trained nurses. Young people aged between 11 and 16 can text for advice on all kinds of health issues, such as sexual health, emotional health and wellbeing, bullying, healthy eating and any general health concerns.

ChatHealth

Staff:

Denise Gaston, Operational Head of Service – denise.gaston@mft.nhs.uk

Kimberley Evans, Healthy Schools Team Lead – kimberley.evans@mft.nhs.uk

Additional Information:

Department of Health

Department for Education

Department of Health’s Healthy Child Programme: from 5-19 years old

NHS Choices: Live Well

Manchester Healthy Schools