School nurses work in partnership with other agencies to offer support to school-aged children, young people and their families on many issues. Find us on Facebook.
College nurses are available all year round: if you want to speak to a college nurse, please call or text 07920 470529 or email SHN.firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s further information on our printable College Nurse Leaflet
For all young people’s health information, including sexual health and emergency contraception, please see the OXME health pages.
COVID-19 Information for parents and carers
- National Autistic Society. Guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff.
- Mencap. Easy-read guide to coronavirus.
- Place2Be. Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing.
- Young Minds. Talking to your child about coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing.
- Carers UK. Coronavirus guidance for carers.
- Covibook. An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, to help children explain and draw the emotion that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.
- Public Health England. Advice of the coronavirus for places of education.
- Emerging Minds. Supporting children and young people with worries about coronavirus.
School Health Nurse can support and help with
Children with specific health conditions
Children and young people who have a long-term condition such as asthma, eczema, severe allergies or epilepsy may have specific health needs which school needs to know about in order to safely manage the condition. A School Health Nurse can support you with this, and may write a care plan for school use.
School nurses also deliver staff training on specific health conditions and provide support and advice around medicine management in schools.
The School Health Nurse team offers clinics across Oxfordshire to support children from the age of five who suffer from bedwetting (also known as ‘enuresis’). The clinics are run by nurses with an expertise in supporting young people and their families to address the causes of enuresis.
In order to be referred to the clinic, contact your local school health nurse team. You will be asked to complete an assessment before your referral can be accepted
Emotional health and wellbeing
Emotional difficulties can be expressed in a number of different ways such as changes in a child’s behaviour, sleep, mood, or continence. On average, emotional difficulties affect three children in every class.
Children’s emotional wellbeing is vital for learning in the classroom in order to achieve their potential. If they feel happy and confident, they are able to take in new information, and be responsible for their learning.
A child’s wellbeing and happiness is affected by how they feel able to respond to challenges in their life, and the circumstances in which they live and sometimes this leaves them feeling sad, worried or confused.
The school nurse team is able to provide support for young people and can advise you what local services are available or refer young people to a specialist agency.
If you have serious or urgent concerns about your child please see your GP.
Growing up and puberty
The school health nurse team supports schools in the delivery of puberty education. The lessons complement the school curriculum and teaching at home around the changes pupils will experience during adolescence.
The resources used are specifically designed for this age group and aim to reduce embarrassment, use age-appropriate information and respect family values.
The sessions will discuss how we grow and change throughout our lives and the specific changes that occur during puberty, both physical and emotional. They also include discussion around self-esteem and decision-making to enable pupils to feel confident, stand up for their beliefs and resist peer pressure in the future.
The children have the opportunity to ask questions and review the lesson in single sex groups.
All pupils are encouraged to talk with their parents about the aspects of puberty that are discussed.
If you would like to discuss these lessons further or have concerns regarding your child please contact your local School Health Nurse Team
- oral health
- hand washing
- mental health
- sexual health
- drugs and alcohol
We work in partnership with schools to deliver the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) programme.
School health nurses promote healthy eating in a variety of ways. You can learn more about the work they undertake as part of the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP) by going to the section above called ‘Child Measurement’.
Home Educated Children and Young People
Oxfordshire School Health Nurses
Oxfordshire School Health Nurses provide physical and emotional healthcare for children and young people in Oxfordshire. School Health Nurses are qualified nurses with further specialised training in the health needs of children and young people. They work as part of a team consisting of specialist community public health nurses, community staff nurses, and clinical and administrative assistants. School Health Nurses implement the Healthy Child Programme: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/healthy-child-programme-5-to-19-years-old
If you are worried about your child or have any health concerns, please phone or email the team based nearest to your home address.
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School Immunisation Team is provided by Oxford Health and deliver the school aged immunisation programme
Primary school Flu programme
From September 2020 all children who would be in primary school, children born on 1st September to 31st August 2016 will be entitled to receive a nasal vaccination (a quick painless spray up the nose) to protect them and their families against flu. This programme is delivered from October to December each year. Clinics are arranged in community settings for children educated at home.
Secondary school-based immunisation programme
From September 2020 Nasal Flu will be offered to all Year 7 children (born 1st September 2008 to 31st August 2009).
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) a two part vaccination is now offered to both girls and boys in year 8 (rising 13-year olds) and the second part in Year 9 (rising 14 year olds).
All students in Year 9 (rising 14-year olds) should receive Tetanus, diphtheria and inactivated polio (Td/IPV) and Meningitis ACWY immunisations. Students in year 9 will also be offered Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) if required. Clinics are arranged in community settings for children educated at home.
Contact details for the school health immunisation team below and further information on immunisations is available on www.nhs.uk/vaccinations
School Health Nurse and Immunisation Team contact details:
|Team Name||Address||Tel.||Team Email|
|Immunisation Team||East Oxford H/C Manzil Way Oxford OX4 1XD||07920 254 400||ImmunisationTeam@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
|EOHC||East Oxford H/C Manzil Way Oxford OX4 1XD||01865 904225||oxfordhealth.OxfordCitySchoolNurses@nhs.net|
|Banbury||Orchard Health Centre, Cope Road, Banbury OX16 2EZ||01865 904234||oxfordhealth.BanburySchoolNurses@nhs.net|
|Bicester||Victoria house Surgery, 119 Buckingham Rd, Bicester OX26 3EU||01869 email@example.com|
|Witney & Carterton||
Deer Park Centre, 6 Edington Square, Witney OX28 5YT
|Abingdon||Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon OX14 1AG||01865 904890||oxfordhealth.abingdonSHNS@nhs.net|
|Didcot||Didcot Health Centre, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN||01235 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wallingford||Wallingford Hospital, Reading Road, Wallingford OX10 0DU||01865 904845||oxfordhealth.wallingfordSHN@nhs.net|
|Wantage / Faringdon||
School Nurse Office, Wantage Community Hospital, Garston Lane Wantage OX12 7AS
Managing medications in school
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
If you are unsure of your child’s specific needs or would like to discuss them please contact your local School Health Nurse Team
School nurses offer support and advice to older students on a range of issues to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce risk-taking behaviour.
Every secondary school has a named school health nurse who is present every day to offer a confidential ‘drop in’ clinic or a health promotion stand at lunchtime to promote topical health-related issues.
The School Health Nurse team can provide sexual health advice to young people so they can make informed safe decisions about their health, with up-to-date information on an individual basis
The School Nursing service is confidential. You can discuss personal information in confidence. We will not discuss information with anyone else without a young person’s permission. We would only pass on any information in order to protect someone from serious harm. Whenever possible we would discuss this with a young person first. School nurses encourage young people to talk to their parents.
Targeted support for vulnerable children and families
The School Health Nurse Team supports children and their families at meetings arranged by social services, identifying specific health difficulties and planning how to support the family or young person to address these health needs.
Worried that your child is unwell?
If you are not sure if your child is well enough to be in school Public Health England (formally known as Health Protection Agency) gives specific information about the length of time children need to be off school to prevent the spread of common infectious illnesses.
The school health nurse team can give you help and support with a wide range of health issues. If we are not able to help you, we will advise you where you can get the help you or your child needs.
For further information on how to manage common childhood illnesses, see the Healthier Together website.
Last updated: 22 January, 2021