Using Individual School Health Profiles to Engage Schools in Walsall
PHE ePoster Library. Higdon E. Sep 13, 2016; 138082; 86
Esther Higdon
Esther Higdon
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Abstract The school health profiles were developed by Public Health at Walsall Metropolitan borough council in collaboration with the Healthy Child 5-19 programme operational group. This initiative aims to facilitate better engagement with primary and secondary schools across the borough. The purpose of the profiles is to act as an intuitive tool which enables schools to see how they compare locally and which areas of health and wellbeing are an issue for their school. They provide school nurses with an opportunity to engage schools in relevant Public Health programmes and support schools in deciding which health priorities they should target.The Public Health Intelligence team worked alongside the Healthy Child Programme operational group to produce Healthy Child Profiles individual to each school. Each profile features:- Health data; including alcohol and drug referral rates, chronic disease illness rates and Chlamydia screening rates.- Educational achievement data; including % achieving target grades, unauthorised and authorised absence.- Demographic data; including the proportion of children who qualify for free school meals, the proportion of children who have English as their first language and the proportion of children who qualify for special educational support.Feedback from school nurses has been that the profiles are useful in exploring previously unknown or misunderstood factors that affect schools and they enable school nurses to prioritise schools and look at their needs in a holistic way. Head teachers across the borough have welcomed the profiles. The profiles will be produced regularly so that schools can see the impact of change.
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