School Nurse

The role of the school nurse at Bronte is an all-encompassing one, the aim of which is to promote the health and well-being of all the pupils of the School. The nurse thus forms a key element of School’s pastoral care and of its broadest educational purposes. Additionally, the nurse provides medical and health support to Bronte Nursery.

Nurse Katie Hickmott joined Bronte in September 2016. After qualifying in 2001 in Paediatric Nursing, she spent 8 years on the Children’s Ward at Medway Maritime Hospital. Immediately prior to her appointment at Bronte, she worked as a Community Staff Nurse in a School Nursing Team, working across a number of Medway schools.

Beyond her more formal duties, Nurse Katie (as she is always known!) is always available for a friendly chat and the medical room is also a place for some quiet time if needed.

Her duties in more detail are summarised as:

First Aid and Day-to-Day Medical Care

  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care on a day-to-day basis for pupils with minor ailments, chronic illness, accidents and injuries, and supporting emotional wellbeing and mental health. This includes compiling and managing Individual Health Care Plans as required
  • Administration of medications under protocols

Health and Well-being – Education, Guidance

  • Involvement in health assessment, health promotion and education, working in partnership with teaching staff
  • Provision of a confidential service of advice, counselling and referral as appropriate
  • Delivery of Sex & Relationship Education (SRE) throughout each year group. SRE, based on National Curriculum guidelines, aims to help children to learn about positive relationships, to respect and care for others, and how to better understand and look after themselves. The curriculum concentrates on relationships up to Year 4 and includes in guidance in Year 5 about puberty and, in Year 6, reproduction)

Health and Safety; Administration and Compliance; Staff Training

  • Involvement in health and safety issues, such as the control of infection, reporting accident black spots, incidents related to the fabric of the building, activities or potential health risks (member of Health and Safety Committee)
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) risk reporting is undertaken
  • Writing medical protocols and assisting in writing school health policies
  • Provision of training for staff on health and more specialist first aid issues, such as first line response to asthmatic and anaphylactic conditions and episodes

In addition to her role at the School, Nurse Katie also regularly visits the Nursery to provide support in the areas outlined above.