Schools pack encourages students to stay well

21 February 2017 3:26pm

Winter illnesses are a common occurrence but students across the country are being shown how to stay well thanks to a schools pack produced by teachers and NHS professionals.

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs have worked with the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) to develop a series of lesson plans and teaching materials that will help 4-11 year-olds understand the importance of keeping warm, eating healthily and looking after themselves and others.

Winter is the time of year when NHS services traditionally come under the greatest pressure, with many people attending A&E unnecessarily when their conditions could be better managed elsewhere.

This new campaign aims to introduce young people to the idea of self-care and give them a better awareness of what services are available to treat certain conditions, creating positive lifelong habits.

The pack, which is available through an online portal, contains easy-to-follow lesson plans, activity sheets and resources tailored to students from Reception through to Year 6.

They have all been written by a trained and experienced teacher, and designed to cover the full range of learning styles.

Amanda Bassett, Head Teacher at Whirley Primary School in Cheshire, said: “The Stay Well schools pack is a great resource to promote health and fitness within the curriculum. The pack is well pitched for each year group and interactive too – a fantastic idea!”

Lynda Scott, Director of Communications and Engagement at MLCSU, said: “We’re really proud of the work that’s gone into this project and the materials we’ve produced. We’re confident that they will provide long-term benefits to students, teachers and the NHS.”

“It’s exciting to play a role in protecting future generations by arming them with the right information and advice. We hope that these packs will not only help children but their families too, as they continue these conversations about health and wellbeing at home.”

Dr Jessica Sokolov, Shropshire CCG’s Clinical Director for Women’s and Children’s Services said:

“We believe the Stay Well schools pack will have a big impact in the health education arena, and will lead to healthier children, healthier families and, ultimately, a healthier Shropshire.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG said: “I have no doubts that this pack will be a useful teaching tool to help children and their families make more informed choices about which services to use during the winter months.”

An online survey, distributed through Local Authority leads, will be used to gather feedback, find out how the pack’s used and the effect its messages have had.