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Scheme to look after physical and mental health and wellbeing of pupils

Being back at school after a six-month break could be traumatic for some pupils, however Mid Dorset Primary Care Network (PCN) has created a scheme prioritising the students’ physical and mental health and wellbeing.


Public Health Dorset along with Mid-Dorset PCN, which is made up of nine GP practices and other healthcare services will be supporting pupils in 19 schools with 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

These are: take notice, give, connect, get active and keep learning. Pupils will be asked to complete tasks based on these themes throughout the school year.

School staff have agreed that the themes and tips on how to achieve these five steps to wellbeing will be in the school diaries so pupils are reminded to take time to look after themselves and their peers.

Clinical director, Dr Jenny Bubb of Mid Dorset Primary Care Network said, “This is a hugely exciting project which has brought multiple partners together with huge enthusiasm to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of local children.”

As part of the scheme GPs have gone into schools to run assemblies and paired GP surgeries with their local schools.

After this term the schools which have taken part will be asked to have their say on the scheme so that the PCN can see the impact the project has had. It could then be introduced across all mid-Dorset Schools.

Mid-Dorset PCN covers nine GP surgeries from Milton Abbas to Ringstead and Puddletown to Winterbourne Abbas.

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