The role of the school nurse in identifying vulnerable pupils- ADEPIS seminar
The Role of the School Nurse in
Identifying and Referring Vulnerable
Senior Nurse-Professional Lead School
Nursing Leicestershire Partnership NHS
Drug or Alcohol Use
By a Young Person
Referrals May be received from
Discharge information from A&E
The School Nurse Text Messaging Service.
• Might include
• Use of illegal drugs
• Use of “legal highs” (novel psychoactive
• Use of alcohol
• Use of volatile substances (gases, glues and
• Use of “energy” caffeinated drinks
• Use of anabolic steroids or other performance
and image enhancing drugs
Drug and Alcohol
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
Drug and Alcohol
WHY HAVE A PATHWAY?
To encourage consistent identification of
young people with drug and alcohol issues in
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.
Carried out by School Nurses who have received
Intervention guided by young persons wishes and
the Nurses assessment of the risk they are
Brief intervention guided by RCGP/RCPsych
Drink and Drug use Diary
School Nurses can link to other School Nurse
Pathways i.e. Sexual Health Care Pathway,
Emotional Health and Wellbeing Care Pathway
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.
May be multiple factors
Vulnerable groups, circumstances, situations
Additional Risk Factors
Link the pathway to other services
New Direction to use Text Messaging service
and electronic record keeping