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School Health Service

We provide a first point of contact for children, young people and parents or carers needing health advice or information.

We support children and young people with identified health needs including complex learning and/or physical health needs.

We initiate and support activities for promoting health (includes sex and relationships, healthy weight, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, behaviour management, safety and bullying) in school and across communities.

In line with the Department of Health schedule we support the immunisation team to deliver immunisations.

We work with colleagues from the Emotional Health in Schools service (Camhs) to assess and support children and young people with mental health needs.

We work in partnership to safeguard children and young people.


Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Contact Details:

North Healthy Child Programme Team - New Moston Library 0161 241 2813

South Healthy Child Programme Team - Wythenshawe offices 0161 946 9431

Additional Support:

The Manchester school Health Service offers a texting service for young people call ChatHealth, which is a new way for young people to get advice and support around health related issues directly from the School Health Service.

It is a safe and secure messaging service which protects confidentiality and anonymity and is monitored by a small team of trained nurses. Young people aged between 11 and 16 can text for advice on all kinds of health issues, such as sexual health, emotional health and wellbeing, bullying, healthy eating and any general health concerns.


Sam Shaw - Clinical Head of Service

Marcia McCaughey - Team Lead (North Healthy Child Programme Team)

Janet Bamford - Team Lead (Vulnerable School Children Team)

Julie Bowden - Team Lead (Immunisation Team & Screening Team)

Natalie Cohen - Team Lead (South Healthy Child Programme Team)


Able to provide advice and support on all health related matters for children and young people in Manchester.


Self referral (children, young people, parent/carer)

Via school

Other agencies

Additional Information:

Department of Health - www.dh.gov.uk

Department of Education -  http://www.education.gov.uk

Department of Health's Healthy Child Programme: from 5-19 years old

NHS Choices: Live Well - http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx

Childline - www.childline.org.uk

Brook for young people - http://www.brook.org.uk: free and confidential information for under 25s

Any Plans Tonight? http://www.anyplanstonight.co.uk : Fresh contraception and sexual health services for young people aged 24 and under, including under 16s.

Connexions http://www.connexions-direct.com/ information and advice for young people.

Talk to Frank http://www.talktofrank.com/ Talk to Frank provides an A to Z list of substances explaining their appearance, effects, health risks, the chances of getting hooked, and the basics of UK law. Via an MSN messenger drug users can ask the 'Frank Bot' any questions 24/7.

Awards / Recognitions:

Clinical Governance Quality Silver Award 2009 and 2010