School nurses are public health nurses working in the community.  They are registered nurses, often with an additional specialist community public health nursing qualification at degree or postgraduate level. They have specialist knowledge and skills to enable them to work with children and young people aged from 5 to 19 in the community, whether they attend school or not.

They are based in the community, rather than individual schools, and work as a team in collaboration with education, health professionals and other services which work with children to improve health outcomes for individual children, young people and their families.

They assess and identify community health needs in school settings, offering support and advice on a range of health issues such as emotional health, obesity, sexual health, smoking and substance misuse. School nurses play a vital role in children’s development, carrying out immunisation and screening programmes, and they act as a point of contact for managing medical conditions such as allergies and anaphylaxis, asthma and epilepsy in schools.

School nurses also work closely with social care in order to reduce health inequalities and to keep children and young people safe from harm. This proactive and preventative work is known as Safeguarding. Where harm is already known about or suspected in families, the school nurse teams work with a range of other professionals to support the family to make changes to their lifestyle or care of the child through formal plans of care. This is known as Child Protection.

We aim to provide a service that is visible, accessible and confidential; one young person describes the school nurse as “Someone you know you can trust”.

Delivery of public health care in Gloucestershire reflects the national service model (Department of Health, 2012 – Getting it right for children & families – Maximising the contribution of the School Nursing team: Vision and Call to Action).

The School Nursing Service Model


School nurses have an important public health leadership role in the school and wider community: contributing to health needs assessments, designing services to reach young people wherever they are, providing services in community environments and working with young people and school staff to promote health and wellbeing within the school setting. School nurses work with others to increase community participation in promoting and protecting health, building local capacity to improve health outcomes.

Universal Services

School nurses lead, coordinate and provide services to deliver the Healthy Child Programme for the 5 to 19 age group. They will provide universal services for all children and young people as set out in the Healthy Child Programme working with their own team and others including health visitors, general practitioners and schools.

Universal Plus

School nurses are a key part of ensuring children, young people and families get extra help and support when they need it. They offer ‘early help’ (for example, through care packages for children with additional health needs, for emotional and mental health problems and sexual health advice) and are able to provide care and refer or signpost to other services. Early help can prevent problems developing or worsening.

Universal Partnership Plus

School nurses are part of teams providing ongoing additional services for vulnerable children, young people and families requiring longer term support. This can include disadvantaged children, young people and families or those with a disability, those with mental health or substance mis-use problems and risk taking behaviours. School nursing services also form part of the high intensity multi-agency services for children, young people and families where there are child protection or safeguarding concerns.

Your School Nursing Teams

There is a team of school nurses in each of the six localities in Gloucestershire: Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest, Tewkesbury, Stroud and Cotswolds.

Cheltenham nurses are based at Springbank Community Resource Centre
Address: Springbank Community Resource Centre, Springbank Way, Cheltenham, GL51 0LG
Telephone Number: 0300 421 8514

Cotswolds nurses are based at Cirencester Hospital
Address: Cirencester Locality Offices, Cirencester Hospital, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, GL7 1UY
Telephone Number: 0300 421 8906

Forest of Dean nurses are based at Dilke Memorial Hospital
Address: Dilke Memorial Hospital, Speech House Read, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 3HX
Telephone Number: 0300 421 8661/2

Gloucester nurses are based at Finlay Community Hub
Address: Finlay Hub, Finlay Road, Gloucester, GL4 6TR
Telephone Number: 0300 4211795

Stroud nurses are based at Marsburg House
Address: Marsburg House, Bowbridge Lane, Stroud, GL50 2JP.
Telephone Number: 0300 421 8959 or 0300 421 8960

Tewkesbury nurses are based at Tewkesbury Community Hospital
Address: Tewkesbury Community Hospital, Barton Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5QL
Telephone Number: 0300 421 6161

Special School nurses are based at Springbank Community Resource Centre
Address: Springbank Community Resource Centre, Springbank Way, Cheltenham, GL51 0LG
Telephone Number: 01242 285 960

Teams are made up School Nurses and Health and Wellbeing Assistants.

School Nurses are Registered Nurses or Midwives, and some hold the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse degree or post-graduate qualification.  They deliver the Healthy Child Programme 5-19 (Department of Health 2009) - an early intervention and prevention programme describing a universal progressive service for Children Young People and their Families.

Health and Wellbeing Assistants (HWAs) deliver screening programmes to children at school entry at age 4/5.  This includes the vision and hearing screen and the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP).  The NCMP is also delivered at age 10/11 to all children in year 6. They also provide health education and health promotion interventions around healthy lifestyles.  They will work with families offering interventions where there is an identified health need.

Refer to the School Nursing Service

Please refer into the school nursing service by clicking on the School Nursing Referral form here.

School Nursing leaflets

Our current leaflets on school nursing are available for download below:

pdfPrimary School Nurse
pdfSchool Nurse


Medical Awareness Sessions for Schools

Parents of children with medical conditions are often concerned that their child’s health will deteriorate when they attend school. This is because pupils with long-term and complex medical conditions may require on-going support, medicines or care while at school to help them manage their condition and keep them well.

Others may require monitoring and interventions in emergency circumstances. It is also the case that children’s health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted, sometimes resulting in extended absences.

It is therefore important that parents feel confident that schools will provide effective support for their child’s medical condition and that pupils feel safe. In making decisions about the support they provide, schools should establish relationships with relevant local health services to help them. It is crucial that schools receive and fully consider advice from healthcare professionals and listen to and value the views of parents and pupils. 

Ref: Department for Education (December 2015) -Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions, Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England

 Advantages of good management of conditions include:

  • Improved school attendance
  • Minimise risk and reduce disruption to the child
  • Limit impact on child’s educational attainmen
  • Reduces risk of isolation from peers
  • Child can enjoy full access to education, including school trips
  • Supports schools with OFSTED’s expectation that schools should meet the needs of the full range of pupils including those with medical conditions

The Public Health School Nursing Service offer medical awareness sessions for teaching staff to access, these are provided free and hosted in various schools around the county.

The sessions cover Asthma, Anaphylaxis and Epilepsy and provide valuable information, advice and guidance to school staff, to support children with these medical conditions at school.

Teaching staff are welcome to attend any session within the county once their booking has been confirmed. 

Medical Awareness Sessions Calendar 2017/18

Medical Awareness sessions are held at various schools throughout the year.

The calendar of Medical Awareness Session dates is available here

Medical Awareness Sessions Booking Form

Please use this form to book the school nursing team for a medical awareness session.

Medical Conditions Awareness Session Booking Form 2017-2018