The role of the school nurse in identifying vulnerable pupils- ADEPIS seminar


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The role of the school nurse in identifying vulnerable pupils- ADEPIS seminar

  1. 1. The Role of the School Nurse in Identifying and Referring Vulnerable Pupils Maggie Clarke Senior Nurse-Professional Lead School Nursing Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
  2. 2. Drug or Alcohol Use By a Young Person Referrals May be received from  Schools  GP’s  Parents  Peers  Self Referral  Discharge information from A&E  The School Nurse Text Messaging Service.
  3. 3. REFERRALS • Might include • Use of illegal drugs • Use of “legal highs” (novel psychoactive substances) • Use of alcohol • Use of volatile substances (gases, glues and solvents) • Use of “energy” caffeinated drinks • Use of anabolic steroids or other performance and image enhancing drugs
  4. 4. Drug and Alcohol Care Pathway  Designed in Partnership with New Directions  Effective multi agency working  School Nurses Supported by the Trust to carry out harm reduction work  School Nurses Visible, Accessible and Trusted by Young People
  5. 5. Drug and Alcohol Care Pathway
  6. 6. Drug and Alcohol Care Pathway WHY HAVE A PATHWAY?  To encourage consistent identification of young people with drug and alcohol issues in schools.  Clear guidance and support for School Nurses  To encourage use of specialist services as a resource for School Nurses.  To encourage referral to specialist services for young people requiring support.
  7. 7. NURSING ASSESSMENT  Carried out by School Nurses who have received additional training.  Intervention guided by young persons wishes and the Nurses assessment of the risk they are exposed to.  Brief intervention guided by RCGP/RCPsych guidance.
  8. 8. NURSING ASSESSMENT  Drink and Drug use Diary  Drinking/Drug Emotions  School Nurses can link to other School Nurse Pathways i.e. Sexual Health Care Pathway, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Care Pathway
  9. 9. NURSING ASSESSMENT  Support available from specialist services.  Resources and/or Co delivery.  School Nurse intervention time limited to 3 or 4 sessions then referral to specialist services if continued support required.
  10. 10. IDENTIFYING IMMEDIATE RISK May be multiple factors  Vulnerability  Vulnerable groups, circumstances, situations  Additional Risk Factors
  11. 11. NEXT STEPS  Link the pathway to other services  New Direction to use Text Messaging service and electronic record keeping