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School Nursing Service

School Health Nursing

SERVICE

Who is the service for?

The school nursing service across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is made up of school nurses, public health nurses, nurse associates, school health assistants, and administrators who work in schools and in local communities with children, young people and families from aged 4, when a child starts school, to 19 years.

All children and young people can receive information and support from the school nursing service by telephone, attending one of the school nurse sessions in schools or by completing the referral form. Young People can also contact the service anonymously through ChatHealth.

What we do

School Nurses work with children, young people, and their parents/carers to maximise their health and well-being. School Nurses can meet with children and young people in groups, for example in school, or individually in several venues such as at school, at home or another venue in your local community.  School nurses provide information and support on several topics that children or young people come across that can affect their health.

You may be in contact with any of the following:

Senior School Nurses

School Nurses are qualified Nurses or Midwives with a specialist qualification in public health. They work alongside young people and families offering support and information around topics such as sexual health, emotional support and relationships, sleep, smoking/vaping and healthy eating and exercise. Their training in public health enables them to provide evidence-based support and information on a wide range of topics that promote the health and well-being of children and young people.

School Nurses

Registered Nurses or Midwives who work within the school nursing team to support children and young people. They work alongside young people and families offering support and information around topics such as sexual health, emotional support and relationships, sleep, smoking/vaping and healthy eating and exercise.

Student School Nurses

Registered Nurses or Midwives who are training to be Senior School Nurses. They work alongside School Nurses and the team. You may see them with a School Nurse or alone, dependent on where they are in their training.

School Health Assistants

School Health Assistants work within the school nursing team, in schools, to deliver the National Child Measurement Programme and vision tests. You may also see them working alongside school nurses delivering health promotion.

Administrators

Administrators work within school nursing teams to ensure the service runs smoothly. Administrators will call you to book appointments and may answer the phone if you call to talk to a School Nurse.

Resources

Click on a link below to view a list of resources for the following subjects:

ChatHealth 

A confidential and anonymous text messages service where you can contact a school nurse.

Unity Sexual Health

A free and confidential sexual health service.

External link
Off The Record

A mental health support and information service for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Off the record, North Somerset

A mental health information and support service for young people aged 11-25 in North Somerset.

Kooth

A digital mental health and wellbeing service.

External link
Young Minds

Mental health charity for children, young people and their parents.

Healthier Families

Information and support to help families eat healthier and move more.

Childline

Free and confidential support for young people.

Papyrus

PAPYRUS is the charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

NSPCC

Children’s charity preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

ERIC

Charity dedicated to improving children’s bowel and bladder health

Shout 24/7

Free, confidential, anonymous text support service for young people.

Anna Freud

Children’s charity dedicated to providing training & support for child mental health services.

The Mix

Charity providing free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

Barnardos

A children’s charity that protects and supports children and young people.

Information directory for school staff supporting children with medical conditions

Links to resources and training for school staff supporting children with medical conditions including epilepsy, allergies, anaphylaxis and asthma.

BeeZee Families

A free, online, 12-week course healthy lifestyle course for you and your family.

A school nurse talking to a student.

Information and signposting

You can find information about the School Health Nursing Service in our Resources section.

There are a variety of ways you can get in touch with the School Nursing service to get information and support:

Parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer and would like to speak to a member of the school nursing team to get information and advice for your child, then please contact us using the details below:

Bristol East/Central: 0300 125 6980

Bristol South: 0300 125 6277

Bristol North: 0300 124 5816

North Somerset: 0300 125 6798

South Gloucestershire: 0300 125 5151

Young People

You can contact the school nursing service for information and support by coming along to one of our drop-ins at school, or by calling one of the numbers above.  You can also contact the school nursing service by completing the referral form on this page. You can complete the referral form yourself, or an adult can complete it for you such as your GP, teacher or parent/carer.

See the Resources section for links to other external websites that you may find helpful.

Getting help

Children and Young People

You can ask for support yourself or you can ask an adult to do it for you. If you complete the referral form yourself, a school nurse will get in touch with you to talk about how we can help. Usually this is by phone at a convenient time for you.

Parents/Carers

If you would like support from the school nursing service, you are able to contact us directly or you can complete the referral form. A school nurse will call you back to talk about the reason for your call and the support we can offer. If the school nursing service can offer you further support, we will explain how and when this will happen.

We will share information that you might find helpful, and we may suggest other support services that are available.

Schools/Other Professionals

If you would like to refer a child or young person into the service, please ensure you have discussed the referral with the child or young person and their parent/carer before you complete the referral form.

Please complete the relevant referral form from below:

Getting more help

During your time with the school nursing team there may be a need to refer on to other services. We will work with you to complete any forms that are required to make sure that the service understands your situation and the support you need.

I am a professional...

See the School Health Nursing REMEDY page for full details of how to make a referral to our team.

Professionals can refer a child or young person to the school nursing service.

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