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Manchester School Health Service is part of the Children’s Community Health Services Directorate in the Manchester Local Care Organisation [MLCO] and consists of School Nursing and Healthy Schools and Healthy Weight Project Team. The service operates citywide across Manchester working in partnership with schools to improve the health outcomes of children, young people and their families.

The School Health Service comprises five child focused functions, namely; Immunisation; National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and Screening; Safeguarding; the Healthy Child Programme and the Healthy Schools Programme. The School Health Service contributes to tackling health inequalities by addressing the city’s key public health priorities for children.

The service supports and promotes the Health and wellbeing of all school-aged children in Manchester. We support children and young people with identified health needs including complex learning and/or physical health needs. We initiate and support activities for promoting health (includes sex education and relationships, healthy weight, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, behaviour management, safety and bullying) in school and across communities.

In line with the Department of Health schedule we support the immunisation team to deliver immunisations.

We work with colleagues from the Emotional Health in Schools service (part of CAMHS) to assess and support children and young people with mental health needs.

We work in partnership to safeguard children and young people.

Hours

Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm

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.

To visit the ChatHealth page please click here.

Contact Details

Young people can text the school nursing service via this number – 07507330205

North Healthy Child Programme Team

New Moston Library, Nuthurst Road,

New Moston

Manchester

M40 5SB

0161 241 2813

mft.school-nurses-north@nhs.net

South Healthy Child Programme Team

Wythenshawe Offices

1 Stancliffe Road, Wythenshawe

Manchester M22 4PJ

0161 946 8239

mft.school-nurses-south@nhs.net

Immunisation Team

2nd Floor, Parkway 5

Parkway Business Centre, Princess Parkway

Manchester M14 7HR

0161 674 0466 (duty phone 07980 062826)

mft.immunisations@nhs.net

NCMP (National Child Measurement Programme) Team / Screening

Alexandra Park Health Centre

2 Whitswood Close

Manchester M16 7AP

0161 209 9972

mft.school-nurses-screening@nhs.net

 

Vulnerable School Children Team

Alexandra Park Health Centre

2 Whitswood Close

Manchester M16 7AP

0161 209 9956

mft.school-nurses-vsct@nhs.net

Manchester Healthy Schools Programme

Wythenshawe Offices

1 Stancliffe Road, Wythenshawe

Manchester M22 4PJ

0161 946 8270

healthyschool.training@mft.nhs.uk 

https://www.manchesterhealthyschools.nhs.uk/                                                                                                                                                            

Healthy Weight Team

Wythenshawe Offices

1 Stancliffe Road, Wythenshawe

Manchester M22 4PJ

mft.healthyweightteam@nhs.net

Service Access and Referral

Self-referral (children, young people, parent/carer) – via school.

Additional information

42nd street supporting young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental healthhttp://42ndstreet.org.uk/ free and confidential information for under 25s

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, free and confidential supporting mental health https://www.annafreud.org/

Brook for young people – http://www.brook.org.uk: free and confidential information for under 25s

Connexions http://www.connexions-direct.com/ information and advice for young people.

Eclypse is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for young people under 19 and families in Manchester https://www.changegrowlive.org/eclypse-manchester

Manchester Parent Carer Forum works to represent the “voice” of parents and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). http://manchesterparentcarerforum.org.uk/

Talk to Frank http://www.talktofrank.com/ Talk to Frank provides an A to Z list of substances explaining their appearance, effects, health risks, the chances of getting hooked, and the basics of UK law. Via an MSN messenger drug users can ask the ‘Frank Bot’ any questions 24/7

The Proud Trust provides information and advice for young people who identified themselves LGBT https://www.theproudtrust.org/

The Samaritans provides support and advice for anyone in time of need https://www.samaritans.org/

Chat Health – https://mft.nhs.uk/community/childrens-community-services-citywide/chathealth/

Department of Health and Social Care – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

Department for Education – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

Healthy Child Programme  – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/167998/Health_Child_Programme.pdf

Manchester Healthy Schools – https://www.manchesterhealthyschools.nhs.uk/

Awards and Recognition

North Healthy Child Programme – Gold status accreditation by MFT