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School Health Nurse

In April 2014, Oxfordshire Local Authority commissioned Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust to provide all Oxfordshire secondary schools with an allocated School Health Nurse on site each day in term time


These nurses will have a specialist qualification in public health nursing specific to school-aged children.

Young people are always informed that they can discuss their needs with the School Health Nurse in total confidence. They are always encouraged to share with parents/carers but for some young people this is not always in their best interest. They are always informed that confidence will only be broken if they share something that means they (or others) are at risk of immediate harm and are supported through the process of sharing the information with other professionals and parents/carers to keep them safe.


School Health Nurses will continue to offer vaccinations to year 8 girls - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and year 9 boys & girls - Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio (TdP) and Meningococcal C.

School Health Nurses will continue to support students, parents/carers and staff with managing essential medications in school e.g. Adrenaline Auto-injectors for severe allergy.


Examples of support offered:

  • Weight issue or perceived weight issue
  • Anxiety or depression that effects coping with everyday life
  • Bed-wetting or daytime wetting support
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Healthy and safe relationships


When needs cannot be met by the School Health Nurse an appropriate referral to an alternative service may be made.