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School Nursing

School Nursing Service 

All School Nurses in Swindon are Registered General Nurses who have received additional training in many areas of practice such as child development, safeguarding and family work.

Many of the team are also degree level nurses with all team leaders qualified as ‘Specialist Community Public Health Nurses’.

Core work for School nursing in Swindon is based on ‘The Healthy Child Programme’ (NHS), local and national health directives for children and young people.

All schools and academies are offered free delivery of core services which are as follows:-


Primary Level

• Transition discussions with Health Visitor & Reception Class teachers re: vulnerable children; children with medical needs; ongoing TAC’s, CP / CIN plans, in the first term of school

• Vision testing for all reception children and feedback to parents by School Health Screeners

• Hearing screening for all reception children and feedback to parents by School Health Screeners

• Individual Health Care Plans for children requiring health care or medication in school

• School staff training re: relevant medical condition

National Programmes

• Height and weight screening for all reception pupils as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), and feedback to parents by School Health Screeners.

• Height and weight screening for all year 6 pupils as part of the NCMP and feedback to parents, by School Health Screeners

• Individual assessment and support for families following NCMP results that identify a child as obese or underweight. This is targeted work by school nurses.


Secondary Level

• Individual Health Care Plans for children requiring health care or medication in school.

• School staff training re: relevant medical condition.

•  Confidential School Nurse Clinics where referrals can be made by teachers; other professionals, parents & self-referrals.

• Routine follow up in school for any young person admitted to Great Western Hospital following an episode of deliberate self-harm to include alcohol intoxication. This will be triggered by information received from the hospital and follow up will include assessment of mood & appropriate support

• On site sexual health services to include pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and condom scheme.


All Ages

• Safeguarding (ICPC, RCPC, Core Group CIN, CIN reviews)

• Health assessments offered to all children subject to CP plan

• Early Help Records /TACs (Including Lead Professional and ‘Troubled Families’ work)

• Enuresis / Encopresis assessments and on-going support following Great Western Hospital care pathways, and working with specialist nurse.

• Children Looked After assessments and annual reviews

• Hearing tests by referral

• Vision tests by referral

• Height and weight monitoring by referral

• 1:1 work with pupils (needs led and time limited)

• Response to referrals from parents, school staff and other agencies. (e.g. self-esteem, physical & emotional health issues, self-harm)

• SEND annual reviews – unit pupils as appropriate (if significant health needs)


School nurses have a professional duty to adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Swindon Borough guidelines and policies.

School Nurses work within the ‘Children, Families and Community Health Services within Swindon Borough Council.

School Nurses are part of the ‘Early Help’ workforce and sit within the integrated locality teams which include Health Visitors, Youth Engagement Workers, Education Welfare Officers, Targeted Mental Health Workers, Speech & Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists, working alongside children’s social work teams.

You can find out more about locality teams in the following documents: 


Please use the following referral form when referring a young person to their School Nurse:  
If you have any queries, please contact:

Jan Sadler
Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Schools)
Professional Lead for School Nursing
Early Help Central North
Children, Families & Community Health
The Meadow
Leigh Road
Mobile: 07919 545570

Caroline Starling
Early Help Operational Manager,
Children, Families & Community Health – North Locality
Palm Tree Lodge
The Limes
21 Green Road
Tel: 01793 465452