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For professional and policy enquiries on school nursing issues, please contact:- . Amicus-CPHVA, 33-37, Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8HA. Tel. 0207 780 4089, Fax - 0207 780 4142 . e-mail -


The government is consulting on proposals to reduce smoking among teenagers.
Plans to consider are:
1) increasing the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco, to 17 or 18yrs.
2) banning traders who repeatedly sell tobacco to under age young people from selling it.
The consultation will run until 9th October, and the Amicus/CPHVA will put in a stakeholder response.
For further information see http://www.wired-gov.net/WGLaunch.aspx?ARTCL=39903
Please send in your comments by post or email

3/06/06 - Study on the nursing, midwifery and health visiting contribution to chronic disease management. More details.

21/06/06 -There are two new documents about domestic abuse available:

1) Tackling the health and mental health Effects of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse; see www.dh.gov.uk/publications
2) Vision for services for children and young people affected by domestic violence; see www.lga.gov.uk

19/06/06 - fact sheet re: weighing and measuring children for growth monitoring data, with further discussion around issues of consent.

12/06/06 - The CNO's bulletin for June 2006 contains information on the following:

1) reorganisation of PCTs and SHAs; this should lead to new opportunities for nurses to take on new and extended roles in the community
2) treating patients with dignity
3) the Health and Social care awards
4) auditing midwifery services
5) delivering the 18wk pathway from GP referral to hospital treatment
5) improvements in palliative care
6) new guidance to tackle obesity
7) new skills and competency framework for safeguarding

It can be downloaded at www.dh.gov.uk/cnobulletin

07/06/06
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has revised the Post-registration education and practice (PREP) requirements from 1st August 2006.

25/05/06 - A review of issues and positive practice in supporting parents with learning difficulties and their children, has been issued by the Baring Foundation. There is the actual document (quite long) and an 8 page summary. This information would be a useful overview for newly qualified health visitors, community nursery nurses and school nurses. It flags up the need for joint training with other professionals, as this sort of work is often not covered by NHS training. For practitioners who are already involved with this work, there is a list of recommendations, many of which could be implemented locally. For further information go to: http://www.baringfoundation.org.uk

22/05/06 - The Department of Health has up-dated and re-launched the 'Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and Nurseries'. They will send a copy to each school, and thereafter possibly to school nurses. You can download from www.wiredforhealth.gov.uk (type your request in the search box)

or order from
DH Publications orderline
PO box 777
London SE1 6XH

Tel 08701 555 455
Fax: 01623 724 524

15/05/06 - Department of Health - Obesity Guidelines

04/05/06: Children’s Food Bill Update from Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming

04/05/06: Department of Health - Choosing Health : Obesity Bulletin Issue 1

03/05/06: Please see the new document 'Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for healthcare staff'

13/04/06: Ros Godson's letter appeared in the Public Agenda section of The Times 18 April 2006

13/04/06: Please see the new Green Pages on the members' area. This month there is information about the new Amicus/CPHVA structures, some further information about NICE consultations, and information about the work of the nursery nurse forum, amongst other items.

Department of Education and Skills - Nurse Advisor for Children, Young People and Families/Department of Health - Secondment opportunity - 10/04/06

There are three new publications about school nursing. The Amicus/CPHVA has been part of the Chief Nurse's stakeholder group which has contributed to the development of these documents over the last 18 months, and we welcome their publication.

The first is an updated Practice Development Resource pack, originally published in 2001.

The second is a document aimed at head teachers called 'Looking for a School Nurse'. This describes to teachers the role and scope of modern school nurses, and how to make the most of them. There are three levels of service suggested (basic, intermediate and advanced), depending on the available school nurse's time. It will also be a useful aid for nurses and other health professionals working within schools to facilitate a productive working environment, and bring to the attention of senior health managers the value of school nurses.

The third is the CNO's collection of examples of good school nursing practice.

All can be downloaded from the DfES website at:

http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk and follow the link to School Nursing - 04/11/06

 

Please note that this page is being updated.

 

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