School nurse recognised for pilot project

Jo Bates

Jo Bates

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A children’s community liaison nurse who works in schools in Melton and Rutland has been recognised for her work in the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.

Jo Bates, who works for the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust as a nurse in the 0 to 19 school nursing team, was one of only three people shortlisted in the Making a Difference category and was highly commended at the awards ceremony, which was held at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle last month.

The awards are designed to share innovative practice in mental health across the country and Jo was recognised for the mental health work she has done with young people, their parents and carers, as well as with school nurses and teaching staff in schools.

Over the last year, Jo has led on a pilot project to address the high percentage of young people attending drop-in clinics in relation to emotional health and wellbeing. As such she has run early intervention emotional health and wellbeing clinics in secondary schools, delivered training for both school nurses and staff to give them additional skills in working with children with mental health problems, and managed a clinical caseload to provide support to youngsters who are waiting for access to mental health services.