School nursing

Public health nursing service

Our aim is to support every child's health throughout their time at school and college. We work with children, young people, families and other organisations. Our priority is to support the health and wellbeing of children in Southampton by promoting good health.

We work with your child, your family and other health professionals to make sure your child reaches his/her full potential.

You and your child may see:

  • Public Health Nurses – registered, qualified nurses who have been specially trained in public health. There is a named public health nurse for every school in Southampton
  • School Health Nurses – registered and qualified nurses often with additional skills for the role
  • School Nurse Support Workers – a healthcare professional who is trained to provide the service under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • No Limits Practitioners – experts in young persons’ issues and work as part of a team with public health nurses

Who do we work with?

We offer support and advice to you and your child when they start school, in reception, until they leave full-time education. We will also provide services to children and young people who do not attend school or college but live in Southampton.

We provide:

  • The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) including your child’s school entry review and year six growth monitoring
  • Support and advice for healthy weight
  • Support for growth and development issues
  • Help if you are worried about your child's health
  • Individual care plans for children with health concerns requiring support in school
  • Support for children with complex health needs
  • Enuresis (bed wetting) advice
  • Child protection, working with young people, parents and other agencies
  • Health promotion, education and training
  • Healthy sleep routine information and advice
  • Emotional wellbeing support and help
  • Parent and young person drop-ins
  • Immunisations, including the HPV vaccination for year eight girls
  • Young person’s sexual health and contraceptive advice
  • Young person’s alcohol advice and support
  • Young person’s support to stop smoking
  • We work in Partnership with all agencies across Southampton

How to be referred

Each school is part of a cluster which has a public health nurse lead.

If you have any concerns about your child’s health or wellbeing you can:

  • Contact us by phone or email
  • Speak to your child's school or college
  • Come along and see us at one of our drop-in sessions – ask at your child's school or college for details
  • Request that we come and see you
  • Talk to another health professional who will put you in contact with us
  • Contact your GP

Contact details

Public Health Nursing Service
Adelaide Health Centre
SO16 4XE

Tel: 0300 123 6661


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