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A Realist Evaluation of the Refocused School Nurse Role within Early Adopter Sites in Scotland: Summary Report

Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJuly 27, 2017


1Dr Deborah Wason, 2Dr Lawrence Doi, 2Stephen Malden, & 2Dr Ruth Jepson

1 Evaluation Team, NHS Health Scotland
2 SCPHRP, University of Edinburgh

ISBN 978 1 78851 124 7 (web only)
ISSN 2045 6964
PPDAS 274806

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1. Background
Role of the wider school health team

2. Aims of the Evaluation

3. Evaluation design

4. Setting

5. Findings
5.1 Overview of Referrals from November 2015 to end of May 2016
Age/Year Group
Children's Status on and after Referral to School Nurse
5.2 Main themes from the Evaluation
Programme Implementation and the Nine Priority Areas (Pathways)
Role Clarity and Standardisation
Engagement and Accessibility
Training and Support
Status of Cases at End of the Early Adoption period

6. Conclusion
What worked well?
What did not work so well and may require further consideration?
Recommendations for school nurse training and further implementation
Priority areas and Pathways
Wider School Health Team

How to access background or source data

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Publications Website