BSA launches health and wellbeing association for schools

Heida will provide training resources and guidance on first aid, mental health and long-term illnesses

The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) will launch a health and wellbeing group this September to improve guidance on mental health for employers and practitioners in schools.

The BSA‘s Health in Education Association (Hieda), announced at the BSA annual health and wellbeing conference on 6 July, seeks to improve education and care for students and workplace support for school staff.

Heida will provide training resources for healthcare professionals and non-medical personnel in schools – as well as bolster existing guidance on mental health and wellbeing in schools. The association is led by director Jane Graham, a nurse of more than 30 years and a regular lecturer at London South Bank University.

Members can access CPD and training through seminars on medications management, first aid at work and mental health. Heida will offer advice, guidance and consultancy services, including reviews of provision, trouble-shooting and pre-inspection support.

Earlier this year, the prime minister stated that the country needs a nurse in every school to properly support all medical needs Robin Fletcher, BSA

“Earlier this year, the prime minister stated that the country needs a nurse in every school to properly support all medical needs,” said Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the BSA Group.

Said Fletcher: “While every workplace has a person in charge of first aid, managing more acute medical conditions, such as cancer or epilepsy, requires additional knowledge and training. Moreover, we are having a much-needed national conversation about mental health and wellbeing.

“Hieda has a crucial role to play in the promotion and provision of all aspects of health and wellbeing support in both work and educational settings. Through its programmes, Hieda will address these important issues, and help members improve the support they provide.”


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