About Paul

Paul Carruthers Dip He, BSC Hons, MA started off as a sick children’s nurse before becoming a specialist community public health nurse.

Paul is also a practice teacher supporting and training post graduate nurses in becoming specialist practitioners themselves.

Paul has had articles published in both the british journal of school nursing and SAPHNA – school nursing.

I am passionate about public health and reducing health inequalities through health promotion and providing young people with the tools to make informed choices, enabling a healthy transition into adulthood. Be Well First was set up with this in mind.
[Paul Carruthers]

What is Be Well First

Be Well First works with the school age population, from the ages four to eighteen.

We work with state and public schools, SILC’s (special schools), childrens centres, social care and local authorities. We also provide specialist training to professionals.

The World Health Organisation (WHO, 2014) identified the benefits of a healthy school stating:

What is a health promoting school?

A health promoting school is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working.

A health promoting school:

  • Fosters health and learning with all the measures at its disposal.
  • Engages health and education officials, teachers, teachers' unions, students, parents, health providers and community leaders in efforts to make the school a healthy place.
  • Strives to provide a healthy environment, school health education, and school health services along with school/community projects and outreach, health promotion programmes for staff, nutrition and food safety programmes, opportunities for physical education and recreation, and programmes for counselling, social support and mental health promotion.
  • Implements policies and practices that respect an individual's well being and dignity, provide multiple opportunities for success, and acknowledge good efforts and intentions as well as personal achievements.
  • Strives to improve the health of school personnel, families and community members as well as pupils; and works with community leaders to help them understand how the community contributes to, or undermines, health and education.

[World Health Organisation (WHO, 2014) ]