Hello, my name is Carly Radford and I am a Registered Nurse with an additional post-graduate qualification in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing). Our School Health team is based in Belper Clinic where we all work together to cover the schools in Belper, Duffield, Little Eaton and Ripley. There are many aspects to the role of a School Nurse but our ultimate agenda is to improve the public health of our local community. One of our key roles is to provide health and emotional wellbeing services to young people aged 11-19 through appointments and lunch-time “drop-in’s” at schools.
I am the assigned School Nurse for Belper School and currently spend Mondays working in a private room off the library where young people can either have appointments or can drop-in over lunchtime. Young people can see us for a wide variety of reasons including: physical and emotional health, self-harm, low self-esteem, eating difficulties, exam pressures, stress, anxiety, bullying, internet safety, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, puberty and issues at home, in school or with peers. We can also signpost and refer to other agencies and services when more support is required.
Just like a GP appointment, the service is confidential which means young people can see us in confidence with the understanding that we won’t report our encounter to their school or parents/carers. We do however always encourage young people to be open and honest with their parents, and we explain that if they were to tell us something that made us feel they were at risk of harm or of harming another, then this information will always be shared. We do our best to talk to the young person first before sharing information with school, parents or other agencies.
We receive referrals for appointments from a large variety of agencies including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, counsellors, social care, school, parents and carers and also the young people themselves. Referrals from parents and young people can be made directly to the School Health Team at Belper Clinic on 01773 820093 or via the schools learning and safeguarding mentors.
We can also offer support and signpost to other services for parents and carers who may have difficulties in their own lives which may be impacting on their child(ren) or for those struggling to understand and support their teenagers through this difficult period in their lives.