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School nursing

School nurses are registered nurses who have completed additional specialist training in school nursing.

Our School Nursing teams are made up of school nurses, registered nurses, nursery nurses and clinical health assistants. 

The School Nursing team works across Surrey to promote physical health and emotional wellbeing in schools and in the community. This includes issues such as sexual health, illnesses, healthy eating, exam stress and bullying. 

Watch our video with school nurse Charlene to find out how school nurses support young people.

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School nurses support young people by:

  • Being available to young people, parents, carers and teaching staff to address any concerns about a child’s health

  • Providing health advice to help children and young people make the most of their education

  • Completing health reviews with children starting primary and secondary school

  • Holding health drop-ins in secondary schools offering young people an opportunity to discuss health issues confidentially

  • Supporting young people who have specific medical needs and providing relevant training for staff to help manage these needs

  • Delivering classroom-based health education

  • Supporting immunisation programmes in school

  • Leading community clinics to help children with night-time wetting

  • Working with school-aged children in the community who have been excluded or where families have chosen to educate at home.

School nurse with studentsChat Health

Across Surrey, we offer a text support service called Chat Health, a confidential school nurse messaging service for young people aged 11-19. Young people can contact their school nurse in confidence by texting 07507 329 951

Young people can also call our Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line to get in touch with a school nurse.

All of the issues discussed are confidential unless a child's safety, or that of others, is at risk. Our school nurses will always encourage young people to discuss issues with their parents or guardians.

Safe Space Health website

Surrey students aged 11 to 14 can visit the Safe Space Health website. The website provides physical, emotional and wellbeing health information in an accessible, fun and interactive way.

Watch the video about Safe Space Health to find out about the website.  

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PHSE (personal, social and health education)

Our school nurses work in partnership with parents and schools to provide PHSE (personal, social and health education) to primary and secondary school children.

In primary school, we cover topics such as personal hygiene, what to expect in puberty and healthy eating.

In secondary school, we cover topics such as positive relationships, sexual health, emotional resilience and promoting healthly lifestyle choices. 

This school-based programme is part of the National Curriculum.

Health reviews in primary school

Our school nursing team provides health reviews in primary school for your child (in state schools) as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Secondary school student support

Our trained school nurses provide young people at state secondary schools with a range of support.

Our school nursing teams across Surrey promote physical health and emotional wellbeing in schools and in the community. This includes issues such as sexual health, illnesses, healthy eating, exam stress and bullying.

At secondary schools school nurses:

  • Provide health advice to help young people make the most of their education

  • Hold health drop-ins offering young people an opportunity to discuss health issues confidentially

  • Deliver classroom-based health education

  • Support immunisation programmes in school

Chat Health

We offer a text service called ChatHealth, a confidential school nurse messaging service for students at school. Young people can contact their school nurse in confidence by text. The Chat Health text number is: 07507 329 951.

Drop-ins

Some school nurses offer drop-in sessions for young people to talk about anything that may be worrying them.

All of the issues discussed are confidential unless a child's safety, or that of others, is at risk. Our school nurses will always encourage young people to discuss issues with their parents or guardians.

Safe Space Health website

Homepage.pngWe also offer a health and wellbeing website www.safespacehealth.uk for Surrey students aged 11 to 14.

The website provides physical, emotional and wellbeing health promotion information in an accessible, fun and interactive way that appeals to young people. 

The www.safespacehealth.uk website gives young people accurate and reliable health information in a way that they can relate to, and includes sections on:

•    healthy lifestyle choices
•    growing up
•    emotional health
•    keeping safe
•    it’s ok to be different
•    and relationships.

Be Your Best

Be Your Best is a free service for families with children aged 0-12 who are struggling with their weight.

The programme is being delivered in partnership with Active Surrey and the University of Surrey Dietetics Department.

Families can expect to receive support on a whole host of lifestyle topics from portion sizes and food labels to being a good role model and overcoming barriers.

Find out more on the Be Your Best website.

 

Teams and contact details

North East

Spelthorne team tel 01784 883 695

Elmbridge team tel 020 8979 6464

Epsom, Ewell and Banstead team tel 01372 730 040

 

South East

Mole Valley team tel 01372 384 300

Redhill and Tandridge team tel 01883 340922

 

South West

Waverley team tel 01483 362 631

Guildford team tel 01483 362 629

 

North West

Woking team tel 01483 783 532

Surrey Heath team tel 01276 21799

Runnymede team tel 01483 362 618

 

Parents and carers can also contact the School Nursing team through our Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line.