School Nurses are all qualified nurses, often with additional specialist qualifications in Public Health. Each school has a named school nurse who is the key health care worker in school. School nurses work with children from 4 years 9 months to 16 years of age.
The School Nursing Team provide services for children, young people and their families within their home, at their school and in community settings.
The school nurse is the link to the School Health Team. Parents, carers and young people can use the School Nursing Service by contacting the school or by calling the numbers for the school nurse directly.
The Vermont school nurse is Sandra Heggie.
She will work in partnership with school, children and their families to ensure that our children’s health needs are supported within school and their community.
You can contact her on 023 80900223.
What services can the School Nursing Team help with?
In Primary schools, every child is offered a school entrance health assessment, usually in the term of their 5th birthday. Children will receive an assessment of their height and weight in Year 6 as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.
Health assessments in primary education can be carried out at any age with parental consent. These include:
The School Health Team also provides preventative programmes in schools which aim to improve future health and wellbeing. This may include issues such as obesity, personal hygiene, sexual health, alcohol, smoking and substance misuse.
The School Health Team supports and signposts to other appropriate services including:
The School Health Team work closely with:
You can find more information about the School Nursing Service at the link below.
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services which are specialist services that provide assessment, treatment and support to young people with emotional, behavioural and mental heath difficulties. Solent CAMHS covers our sites in Portsmouth and Southampton.
Referrals to CAMHs can be made through your GP or through school (or both).
For more information about Southampton CAMHS (The Orchard Centre), please follow the link below.