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School nurses develop mobile app for young people

A photo of young people in a park

Monday 27 April 2015 

The trust’s school nurse teams are developing an interactive smart-phone app for young people of secondary school age across Hounslow and Richmond to provide information and advice on healthcare issues.  

Young people are used to sharing vast amounts about themselves on their phones – such as information on their social life, their photographs and even their troubles. The school nurse smart phone app will offer a safe place for young people to go to get health information, enabling our school nurse team to engage directly with young people to provide safe and reliable information on how to stay well and healthy.  

The innovative new phone app for Hounslow and Richmond schools will be free to download and will be available for both iPhone and Android devices. The team hopes to launch the app for the start of the new school term in September 2015. 

The app will offer young people instant access to:   

  • Information on specific health needs and issues, such as sexual health, advice on drugs and alcohol, stop smoking, young carers and emotional wellbeing.
  • Information on outside local services about where to go for help
  • Opportunities for young people to make contact with the school nurse service
  • Factual information and consent forms for immunisations 

Opportunities for young people to get involved: 

As part of the project, the school nurse team are inviting input and feedback from local young people in the boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond to ensure the app is fit for purpose and designed around the needs and requirements of the young people we serve. 

Jenny Robinson, school nurse manager said: “It is essential that young people help to develop the app and have a say into what they would like to know, seek and have advice on regarding their personal health. Therefore we would like to invite a number of students from all year groups in secondary schools, to help develop and design a school nurse app.”  

How will young people be involved? 

  • They will work with the school nurse app team, the students will be active in helping with the design, testing and marketing.
  • Help with marketing resources, such as developing festival style bands given out as the schools break up for holidays, results etc.
  • Helping promote the app at assemblies when the app becomes downloadable, and assist in other promotions and talks.
  • We also need a mixed group of young people to become part of focus groups to make sure we are meeting the needs of a cosmopolitan group and mix of ages.
  • Attend some of our in house meetings.

If you are a young person of secondary school age, or a parent/carer with a child interested in taking part – we would love to hear from you. The project will offer young people the chance to gain valuable experience of the workplace while helping us to develop this exciting and innovative new smartphone app.

To find out more, or express an interest - email sheila.roberts7@nhs.net and/or charlie.pratten@nhs.net or call 0203 691 1027.  Or find out more about the trust's school nurse service at: www.hrch.nhs.uk/school-nursing