School Nursing

Public Health Nursing with Southampton Healthy Ambition (SHA)

General Information

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

The Teams

You and your child may see one of the following professionals in our team:

  • 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.
  • Public Health 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.

Visit the No Limits website which contains more information about what they offer: No Limits Southampton Healthy Ambition

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 6 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, Flu and the HPV vaccination for year 8 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, see Southampton Information Directory (SID) for more information.

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 using the details in the contact section below
  • 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 by contacting us on the details below
  • Talk to another health professional who will put you in contact with us
  • Contact your GP

Confidentiality Statement

We provide a confidential service to all our clients, including children and young people under 16 years old. This means that even if you are under 16 years old nothing will be said to anyone outside the health team without your permission. This includes parents, care workers and teachers.

The only reason we might have to pass on information to other people would be if we thought that you, or someone else, might suffer harm if we did not do so. We would always try to get permission first and discuss the reason for this with you.

If you have any concerns about confidentiality please let us know.


If you are worried about a child please contact Southampton children's social care on 02380 833336 or visit Southampton Social Care

Contact Information (Southampton)

Public Health Nursing Team
Adelaide Health Centre
William Macleod Way
Millbrook
Southampton
SO16 4XE

Phone:
0300 123 6661

Email:
snhs.publichealthnursingsouthampton@nhs.net

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/SotonPHNS

Twitter:
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