Healthy Together is the new name for the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme services ,including the school nursing services, which will continue to be provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) from 1 July 2017. There will be some changes to job titles. Healthy Together will be delivered by ‘Public Health Nurses’ and ‘Healthy Child Programme Nurses’ (both previously known as school nurses), by ‘Healthy Child Programme Practitioners’ (previously known as Specialist School Nurse Support Workers) and ‘Healthy Child Programme Support Workers’ (previously School Nurse Assistants). Students will continue to be offered access to a weekly drop-in clinic with a Public Health Nurse or Healthy Child Programme Nurse,
In addition to the weekly drop-in clinics at college, advice and support in relation to physical health and emotional wellbeing is available for young people on the Health for Teens website. All the content on the site is written and overseen by health experts, and the site was co-designed with young people. Recently added content covers issues such as drugs, eating disorders, anxiety, self-harm, sexual identity, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Young people can also text a public health nurse to access confidential advice via our secure messaging service, ChatHealth on 07520 615386.
In addition to the drop-in sessions, ‘virtual’ (Skype) clinics are being rolled out through a phased approach from September 2017. These will give young people additional access to their public health nurse.
Parents and carers
The ChatHealth service is also available for parents and carers if they have concerns about their child’s health, and would like to contact a health professional. They should text: 07520 615381. ChatHealth operates Monday-Friday from 9am until 5pm, and during this period messages are responded to within 24 hours. Outside these times, users receive a ‘bounce back’ text message indicating that they will receive a response when the line re-opens.