Welcome to the school health nursing service in Oxfordshire. The service is commissioned by Public Health, Oxfordshire County Council and provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
School health nurses work with children and families with health issues to ensure children are able to access school, be healthy, and reach their full potential. The school health nurse teams are based in community hospitals or health centres and are led by a school health nurse supported by a community staff nurse and a school health nurse assistant.
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School Entry Health Review and Medical conditions
It is important that school staff are aware of any medical conditions your child may have when starting school. This includes conditions that may be under control and managed purely at home. Please ensure you inform your child’s school of health conditions which may impact on them during the school day e.g. medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc.) or specific requirements e.g. wears glasses, has hearing difficulties etc. If you would like to speak to a member of the Primary School Health team to discuss and plan the care of your child in school please email or call the telephone number below.
Medicines in schools
If your child needs medication to be available in school, for example, adrenaline (Epipen) for a severe allergy or an inhaler for asthma, it is important to know that schools have their own procedures for administering medicines.
If your child needs to take medication during the school day, you will need to discuss this directly with your child’s school. As part of this procedure, you may be asked to complete a consent form giving permission for school staff to administer medicines to your child. All medications taken into school must have a pharmacy label with the name of your child, the name of the medication, with the dose and times the medicine is required. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure any medication given to school is in date and that it is replaced before it has expired.
Safe guarding & Record keeping
If there are concerns that a child is at risk of harm this information will be shared to ensure the safety of the child. School health nurses maintain confidential health records on all children and young people using the services of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Health records will be held securely and strictly in accordance with Caldicott Guidance. Further information can be found at: http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/infogov/igfaqs/quickreferencef.doc
An annual flu vaccination is now part of the UK childhood vaccination schedule. Children in Reception, Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 will now be offered the vaccine in school between October and December.
National Childhood Measuring Programme (NCMP)
Every year in England children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the NCMP.
Useful Information for Parents / Carers of Reception Children
We have included information and links to recommended websites which contain useful information on a wide range of health topics.
School Health Nurses Website
More information regarding the role of the school health nurse can be found on the following website: http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/children-and-young-people/oxon/school-health-nursing/
NHS Choices -This is the recommended website for all health queries, as this is maintained by the NHS and will be up to date and evidence-based: http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
Your child at school -Very useful information on topics relating to life in school.
Free Eye Tests -Eye tests for children are essential health checks and are free for every child under 16 and every young person under 19 if they are in full-time education. They are easy to arrange by phoning your local optician to book an appointment. Check with your school as many children have eye tests in school.
NHS Dentists -For help with finding an NHS dentist please phone the Oxford Health Dental Helpline on:
08000 113 824 or 01865 337 267. For general enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your child live in a smoke-free home?
Free friendly support to quit smoking is available from: www.smokefreelifeoxfordshire.co.uk
Join Change 4 Life for tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle for all the family: https://registration.change4life.co.uk/
Healthy eating and lunch box ideas: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood/Pages/Goodfoodhome.aspx
Bed wetting - Some children are not completely toilet trained, or still wet at night when they start school. ‘ERIC’ is an excellent source of help and advice: http://www.eric.org.uk/r
NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Bedwetting/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Behaviour -Promoting good relationships and better behaviours
Sleep - encouraging good sleep patterns: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/childrenssleep/Pages/childrenssleephome.aspx
Developing high self-esteem: http://www.nhs.uk/video/pages/building-self-esteem-in-children.aspx
Helping with Anxiety: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/anxiety-in-children.aspx
We look forward to working with you during your son or daughter’s time at school; please do not hesitate to contact us now or in the future for further information.
School Health Nurse Office
East Oxford Health Centre,