Our teams supporting Derby city’s five to 18-year-olds, and their families, are made up of a range of health professionals. These include school nurses, specialist public health nurses, community staff nurses and community nursery nurses.
These teams also provide advice and guidance to others who work with young people in Derby, such as staff in schools.
The teams are part of the Derby Integrated Family Health Service. They provide regular updates and information on the Derby children’s health Facebook page.You can now contact us through ChatHealth. ChatHealth is a secure and confidential text messaging service for parents and young people. It allows you to easily get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support. You don't have to give your name; you can still send a message to get advice or to chat with us about any worries you may have.
- Parents: send us a message by texting 07507 327754
- Young people (aged 11-19) - send us a message by texting 07507 327104.
Learn more about ChatHealth
Our teams are responsible for delivering elements of the Healthy Child Programme for five to 19-year-olds. This is a government policy developed to improve health and wellbeing.
Our teams deliver health reviews at:
- Reception/Year 1 (age 4–5) – including a hearing assessment and eye test, and a health questionnaire
- Year 6/7 (age 10–12) – an assessment at the point of transition from primary to secondary school
- Mid-teens, when young people are embarking on the next phase in their lives.
Our teams also offer drop-in sessions and advice for young people in secondary schools – more details below.
We can also refer and signpost children and young people to specialist services if required.
Our teams offer advice and support around:
- General health and development
- Diet and activity
- Eating disorders – working with our Eating Disorders team
- Body image
- Emotional health and wellbeing – working with our children’s mental health team
- Transition to secondary school
- Relationships and forced marriage
- Exam stress
- Continence and incontinence – working with our specialist nurses
- Oral and dental health
- Sexual health
- Self harm
- Drugs and alcohol – working with our Breakout team
Every school has a named link school nurse. Your school will be able to give you their contact details.
At several senior schools in Derby, our school nurses run confidential drop-in sessions. Again, your school office will be able to tell you if there are drop-in sessions at your school.
If you prefer not to speak to anyone at your school, you can also contact the school nursing team directly. Please complete the school nurse referral request form and submit it by emailing dmh-tr.ChildFamily-Derby@nhs.net.
Or call 0300 3690574 extension 11827.
If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the police on 101 immediately.
If you are a child or young person, you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem. Counsellors are always there to help you. It is free and confidential.
Derby children’s health Facebook page – managed by our health visiting and school nursing teams
Change4Life – staying active
YoungMinds – looking after yourself
Frank – advice and information on drugs
Childline – general advice and helpline
NSPCC – child protection helpline: 0808 800 5000