School Nursing Service

The School Nurse Team offer public health advice and support to school aged children and their families.

The school nursing service delivers the universal healthy child programme 5 - 19 citywide to improve health outcomes for the school aged population. The healthy child programme is aimed at children, young people and families to focus on early intervention and prevention. Therefore, the school nursing service aims to:

  • Immunise children to protect against disease and infection
  • Provide health education
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Provide drop-in sessions
  • Work with agencies to safeguard children from harm
  • Complete school entry screening
  • Complete growth measurements for reception and year 6 children for the National Child Measurement Programme, and offering advice and support
  • Complete holistic health assessments
  • Offer evidence based advice and support on health issues


The school nursing service consists of the following team members:

  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurses - School Nurses (Registered nurses with further specialist qualification in public health)
  • Community Public Health Nurses (Registered nurses with child health and community experience)
  • Family Health Workers (Specific training and experience to work with children, young people and families)


The team works in partnership with children, young people and their families as well as other professionals and agencies to ensure that children's health needs are being met and supported within their school and local community.

The school nursing service is able to undertake comprehensive health assessments which can be completed at home, in school or within a clinic setting. They are able to offer confidential health advice and support on all aspects of children's development, including:

  • Continence issues - bedwetting and constipation
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Safe management and treatment for children in school with long term health conditions - allergies and epilepsy
  • Sexual health
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Bullying
  • Hearing concerns
  • Online safety
  • Behaviour management
  • Healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Growth


Referrals can be made to the school nursing service by the young person themselves, parents, carers or professionals.

Professionals: Please note that it is important that all referrals are discussed with the child, young person, parent or carer in advance to gain consent to make the referral. Please ensure that the referral form is signed by the parent/carer or young person before submitting to this service.