The School Nursing Service across Wiltshire is required to make sure all children and young people in Wiltshire’s schools, colleges and academies have access to a school nurse to provide information and support to all school aged children and their families.
We work in partnership with schools to support the development of health policies that impact on all children and young people, complementing any health-related classroom-based programmes being delivered.
School nurses provide confidential advice, care and treatment to children and young people. They also work with parents and carers within schools and other community settings.
We play a vital role in young people’s development, carrying out immunisation and screening programmes, managing medical conditions and acting as a point of contact on child protection issues.
How can we help?
The school nursing service will:
- Promote public health and healthy lifestyles
- Safeguard children from harm and reduce risk taking
- Provide health education and advice
- Participate in national campaigns and initiatives e.g. national child measurement programme
- Deliver the national childhood immunisation programme
- Provide school-based health clinics
- Work with children and young people who have complex medical needs
We hold weekly drop-in sessions at all schools across Wiltshire. Pupils can use the time to talk to the nurse in confidence one to one about any health, wellbeing or personal concerns. To find out when the school nurse is holding a session at your child’s school, either contact your local team to the right of the page or speak to your school receptionist or teacher.
School nurses provide confidential advice, care and treatment to children and young people working with parents and carers within schools and other community settings. School nurses always encourage young people to discuss their health concerns or worries that are troubling them with their parents/carers first.
Although the school nurses offer a confidential service to young people, there are times when the school nurse may need to share information. Depending on their age and level of understanding, young people may be able to give their own consent to talk with a health professional.
Who will my child see?
A specialist school nurse working in a team of qualified nurses and school health assistants. A specialist school nurse is a qualified nurse who has undertaken further study at degree level specialising in Public Health. There are 10 teams across Wiltshire and an immunisation team, details of which can be found to the right of the page.
How to refer to the service?
The school nursing service accepts self-referrals through school drop ins by the young person themselves.
Children and young people can also be referred by parents/carers as well as other agencies such as education staff, GP and social care. For more information on how to refer, please visit the Single Point of Access (SPA) page.
What happens next?
Upon receiving a referral form or a self-referral a school nurse will make contact with the young person through school. Should additional information be required or parental discussion, this will take place prior to meeting the child in school.