Withycombe clinic wins award

A school nurse drop-in service, at Withycombe, has been awarded a You’re Welcome award after it was hailed ‘people-friendly’

An Exmouth clinic for school children has won an award after being hailed young people-friendly.

The Withycombe clinic school nurse drop-in service, run by NHS Devon, has won a national You’re Welcome award for its drop-in health centre aimed at Exmouth’s youth.

The Withycombe Clinic is the first NHS Devon service to receive the award.

Before winning the award, nurses at the Withycombe clinic had to prove young people were involved in the monitoring of the service.

Staff also had to show the service was accessible, confidential and approachable.

Betsy Allen, lead for school nursing in Devon, added: “Many congratulations to the school nurses based at the Withycombe clinic.

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“They regularly see approximately 40 young people a month aged between 12 and 18 who come with a range of health issues.

“Completing the You’re Welcome self assessment has taken many hours of work on top of extremely full and challenging caseloads.”

Amanda Emmett, from NHS Devon’s health promotion team, said: “Achieving You’re Welcome demonstrates the commitment of school nurses to meeting the health needs of young people locally.

“They were clearly able to evidence how they met the quality standards required to achieve the award.”