School nurse services receive Young People Friendly Award

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Two school health clinics run by the Children’s Community Health Partnership (CCHP) in partnership with Barnardo’s have been given national accreditation recognising their work.

The Young People Friendly award has been given to the school nurse services at Henbury School and at Merchant’s Academy in Bristol.

The Young People Friendly logo highlights accredited servicesThe drop in clinics are run by school nurses from North Bristol NHS Trust and provide a range of health services to school pupils in partnership with schools.

One of the latest initiatives run by school nurses and 4YP sexual health service is the Sexplanation roadshow which delivers sexual health information to teenagers.

The Young People Friendly award is a Department of Health initiative to demonstrate that health services are accessible for people aged 11-19.

It aims to reassure teenagers that health services displaying the Young People Friendly logo are confidential, friendly and free. 

Sharon Nicholson, CCHP manager, said: “Barnardo’s, School nurses and the School have worked extremely hard on this work stream and the  award underlines that young people are at the heart of what we do through listening to what they experience from our service and acting on their feedback.

“The award recognises the hugely positive work the school nurse service provides for teenagers, tailored to their needs, and reassures pupils they will always be welcomed and given the advice they need.

“It is also testament to the success of the partnership between our school nurses, Henbury School, Merchant’s Academy and Barnardo’s, a CCHP partner, who supported the evaluation of the service by pupils.”

 Accreditation for the award looked at whether the clinic was accessible, was well advertised, and involved teenagers in shaping services.

 ‘Young People Friendly’ is an award, based on the Department of Health’s ‘You’re Welcome’ criteria. The quality criteria provide guidance of what will improve patient experience and health outcomes for young people. 


North Bristol NHS Trust, with Barnardo’s as sub-contracted partners, provides all of the community child health and child and adolescent mental health services for Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The service is called the Community Children’s Health Partnership (CCHP).

We have over 800 staff in the CCHP including:

  • Community Paediatricians
  • Children’s Therapists
  • Health Visitors
  • School Health Nurses
  • Children’s Mental Health Teams

We also provide a range of more specialised children’s mental health services and services for children with disabilities.