Healthy Schools

Manchester Healthy Schools team works with over 180 schools in the city to help them become healthier learning communities by developing health and wellbeing outcomes for all children.

  • Raising awareness of the health and social/economic needs of the school-aged population with school staff and other professionals
  • Increasing skills, knowledge and understanding about health-based issues with the whole school community, eg. staff, parents/carers, governors
  • Supporting schools to identify the health needs of their children and develop an action plan

Children in over 180 schools across Manchester. The team has been in partnership with Manchester schools for over 20 years – tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The team focuses on key Public Health priorities for Manchester:

  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Improving sexual health
  • Reducing substance misuse
  • A commitment to tackle obesity
  • Improving mental health and well-being

There are a number of Public Health Practitioners who each take a citywide lead in a thematic area to support the key priorities. These include:

  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Drugs and Alcohol Education
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Unintentional Injury Prevention
  • PSHE

This is achieved by:

  • Raising awareness of the health and social/economic needs of the school-aged population with school staff and other professionals
  • Increasing skills, knowledge and understanding about health-based issues with the whole school community, eg. staff, parents/carers, governors
  • Supporting schools to identify the health needs of their children and develop an action plan

Contact Details:

Manchester Healthy Schools
Wythenshawe Offices
1 Stancliffe Road
Sharston
Manchester
M22 4PJ

Phone: 0161 946 8270
Email: healthy.schools@mft.nhs.uk

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Social Media

Website: www.manchesterhealthyschools.nhs.uk
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/McrSchoolHealthService
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mcrhealthysch
Instagram: www.instagram.com/manchesterschoolhealth

Additional Information

The Manchester School Health Service offers a texting service for young people called ChatHealth, which is a way for young people to get advice and support around health-related issues directly from the School Health Service.

It is a safe and secure messaging service which protects confidentiality and anonymity and is monitored by a small team of trained nurses. Young people aged between 11 and 16 can text for advice on all kinds of health issues, such as sexual health, emotional health and wellbeing, bullying, healthy eating and any general health concerns.

ChatHealth
Health for Teens

Useful Links

Page last reviewed: January 2023
Next review due: October 2023