School nursing

The School Nurse works across health and education, providing a link between school, home and the community to benefit the health and well being of children and young people. 

Overview of the service

The School Nurse promotes health to individuals and the school population and works in collaboration with families, children and young people, teachers, youth workers, GPs and social care.

Objective of the service

The core school nursing service includes screening children in Reception and weighing and measuring children in Reception and Year 6 as part of the national measuring campaign. Screening will extend to include pupils in Year 7 and Year 10 in the near future.

School Nurses work with vulnerable children and young people where a health need has been identified and can support school staff to manage chronic health needs, such as epilepsy, asthma, or other medical conditions. The school nursing service also includes teams that support weight management, youth offenders, children educated other than at school and bedwetting (enuresis).

Inclusion criteria

School Nursing is a universal service covering all children and young people who attend state maintained schools and academies in the London Borough of Sutton. Specialist services such as enuresis clinics are available to children and young people who live or have a GP in Sutton regardless of where they attend school.

I want to see the school nurse. What can I do?

  • Make contact by phone
  • Make an appointment to see them in school
  • Ask them to see you at home
  • Make an appointment to see them in a community clinic or children’s centre
  • Visit a secondary school drop-in for young people

Exclusion criteria

Children who attend private schools (except for attendance at enuresis clinics and weight management programme).

Age range

  • School-age children and young people attending school in Sutton

Team members

  • The School Nursing team consists of a skill mix team of specialist practitioners, community staff nurses, nursery nurses, support workers and administrators.

How to refer

  • Self-referral
  • Referral from school staff, GP, Social Care, other professionals

How to contact us

Email rmh-tr.SchoolNursesSutton@nhs.net

Is patient self-referral available?

Yes

Is transport provided?

No

Are home visits available?

Yes