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Manchester Healthy Schools Team works with 170 schools in the city to become healthier learning communities by developing health and wellbeing outcomes for all children.

Supporting schools to improve the health outcomes of children, the team focuses on five key Public Health priorities:

  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Improving sexual health
  • Reducing substance misuse and encouraging sensible drinking
  • Tacking obesity
  • Improving mental health and well-being

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

  • Sex & Relationship Education
  • Drug and Alcohol Education
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Emotional Health & Well-being
  • Mental Health

This is achieved by:

  • Raising awareness of the health and social/economic needs of the school aged population with school staff and professionals who work with schools
  • 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.


Wythenshawe Offices, Stancliffe Road


Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact Details:

Wythenshawe Offices

1 Stancliffe Road


Manchester M22 4PJ

Tel: 0161 946 8239

Additional Support:

The Manchester school Health Service offers a texting service for young people call ChatHealth, which is a new 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.


Claire Duggan, Operational Head of Service

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

Awards / Recognitions:

Highly Commended, North West Public Health Awards 2008

We’re Proud of You 2013 Partnership Award Winner