he annual meeting of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes in Cardiff today passed a motion overwhelmingly urging the government "to ensure that all school age children have access to a dedicated school nursing service that is local, responsive and informed by evidence of best practice".
The CPHVA, which represents the majority of the UK’s 2,500-strong school nurse work force, has been calling for the employment of an extra 500 school nurses, with at least one school nurse for each one of the country’s secondary schools.
The WI will be writing to the Prime Minister urging him to take action on the resolution.
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for School Nursing and Public Health, Pat Jackson said today: ‘This is a major boost in our campaign to ensure that school children receive the school nursing service they deserve. We will be raising this with the new ministerial team at the Department of Health as a matter of urgency.’
NFWI National Chairman, Helen Carey said: ‘WI members feel very strongly that the health and welfare of school age children and young people at school and beyond the school gates is a crucial aspect of the country’s overall public health.’
‘We believe that the cost of failing to address the health of school age children is likely to be much higher than properly funding school nursing services.’
Last year, the CPHVA launched a school nurse national framework document – the first blueprint in a quarter of a century – to improve the health of school children and reverse the sharp decline in school nurse numbers
The CPHVA campaign has also been backed by the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, which called for more school nurses at its spring conference.