So it’s Friday and we come to the end of our week of action focussing on children and young people 5-19. During #health5to19 it has been great to have so many of you join us, to hear from so many organisations and individuals and to be able to share, network, debate and engage in conversations about our present, our future and our assets – children and young people!
During the week we have published a number of new resources, publications and toolkits; including the integrated 4-5-6 model, the refreshed early year’s high impact areas and the new high impact areas for school-aged children. We have heard from you about how they will help provide a focus using the evidence to inform commissioning and delivery. It is important that these resources are utilised as well as the existing resources, so do take time to, for example, read the children related topics from All Our Health and boost your health promoting practice.
We know the things that matter for the health and wellbeing of children and young people and have developed the 6 high impact areas in response: Resilience and wellbeing, Keeping safe, Healthy Life styles, Learning and achievement, complex and additional health needs and transition. That is why this week was aligned to mirror the impact areas and how we can make the biggest impact in the future.
The social media activity has reflected the passion and determination to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families that you all have; and in challenging times we have to continue to embrace smarter ways of working and innovation and, of course, sharing!
We can and do continue to learn, I know I do (note to self: follow up the Outcomes Star !); again this week has also shown us the need to keep learning from children and young people, we need to engage them in co-production, we need to understand their challenges.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed this week through blogs, tweets and the buzzing @Wenurse chat – let’s keep the conversations going and do encourage colleagues and partners to take a moment to read the amazing blogs which illustrate the breadth and complexity of the work with children, young people and families. I hope you have broadened your understanding on the range and contribution of all the nursing professionals and others providing amazing care and support for 5 to 19s and, if you have yet to do so, you can learn about the role of the school nurse in beautifully encapsulated form with the Kissing it better School nurse song!
Viv Bennett, Chief