Home education - health

Public Health Nursing Service

Solent NHS Trust provide a Public Health Nursing Service which includes home educated children. It covers a range of services and they can also signpost parents to other agencies and services.

The support they offer includes:

  • Growth checks (height and weight)
  • Vision checks
  • Hearing checks
  • Healthy lifestyle support
  • Continence support
  • Sleep support

The Public Health Nursing Service can be accessed by:

Telephone: 0300 123 6661

Text (SMS) Solent Pulse: 07491 163 278

Email: SNHS.Publichealthnursingsouthampton@nhs.net


Solent NHS Trust are keen to promote the importance of children being fully immunised.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about immunisations please contact Solent NHS for support and information.

School Aged Immunisation Service

The School Age Immunisation Service offers vaccination programmes in Southampton to all children aged four (in reception year) to 16 and up to 18 year olds in Special Educational Needs schools.

The service offers community clinics for children and young people who are educated at home, in other settings or who are not currently in education. These are located across the city in accessible settings and are open some evenings and weekends for your convenience. These clinics require a booking and this can be done as part of the consent process.

If you feel your child is due a vaccination or has missed one please contact Solent NHS for more advice or to arrange an appointment.

Consent process

The School Age Immunisation Service no longer provides paper consent forms. Consent is obtained from parents/carers with Parental Responsibility (PR) via an online E-Consent form through the Inhealthcare platform.

Parents/carers will be emailed a letter containing the link needed to complete the online E-Consent form, along with a code to use in the InHealthCare Platform. A link for vaccine information is also contained in this letter.

On completion of the online E-Consent form you will receive an email confirmation from Inhealthcare. Please contact Solent NHS if you do not receive this within 24hrs. Please check your junk mail folders as it sometimes ends up in these.

You will also receive confirmation of vaccination after the session.

The online E-Consent can be completed on all electronic devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Vaccines Solent NHS offer

Human Papilloma Virus

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine helps to offer protection against cervical cancer and some other cancers of the mouth and throat. It is now offered to girls and boys aged 12- 13 years and it is a two dose programme with a second dose given around one year after the first dose.

See the HPV vaccine overview.


The Meningitis (MenACWY) vaccine helps to protect children and young people from meningitis, and it cover four strains, A C W and Y. This vaccine is given when the child is 13-14 years old and is a single dose injection. This is often given at the same time as the Teen Booster vaccination.

See the MenACWY vaccine overview.

3-in-1 Teen Booster

This vaccination helps protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio and is a booster to previous vaccines of this. It is given to children aged 13-14 years, often at the same time as the MenACWY vaccine, and is a single dose injection.

See the 3-in-1 teenage booster overview.


The flu vaccine helps to protect children and those who are vulnerable around them from the flu virus. This is normally administered through a single dose nasal spray, however an injectable version is also available for those who are not able to have the nasal spray. The flu vaccine is currently given to all eligible children aged 4–11 years and some secondary school aged children (11–14 years).

Further information for parents/carers is in the documents below:

Measles Mumps and Rubella

Solent NHS offer a catch up programme for children who are overdue their second dose (booster) for the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. The first dose is often given around one year of age and the second dose given around three years and four months age. If your child has not had any of the MMR vaccines and you would like them to, please contact your GP.

See the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine overview.

Contact us

If you would like more information or feel your child is due a vaccination please contact Solent NHS on the details below:

Telephone: 0300 123 5074

Email: Snhs.SchoolAgedImmunisations-SOTON@nhs.net