School Health Information

School Health Information

The Public Health Nursing service (school health)

The Public Health Nursing Service is there to help and support you and your family with any needs that are impacting upon your health and wellbeing. Parents and carers are welcome to contact the school nurse if they have any health concerns about their son or daughter.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health and how they can be supported in school, in the first instance you can contact Mrs Buttel (Deputy SENDCo) through the school office. If you wish to contact a school nurse directly, you can call 0333 234 1904 or 03332 341904, or use the ‘Chat Health’ service (details below).

School Nursing Team

The School Nursing team is made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Staff Nurses and Community Health Workers.

The School Nursing Team runs appointment clinics regularly at Barnstaple Health Centre, which you can access through school, or by calling the above number. Our designated School Nurse is Jacquie Bentley, although any of the school nurses, health visitors or community health workers may be involved in delivering help and advice to our families.

Health Visitors and School Nurses are qualified nurses or midwives with post-registration experience who have undertaken further training and education in child health, health promotion, public health and education. They work in partnership with schools to promote the health and wellbeing of children and families, both at home and in school, and can give specific support and health advice to young people and their families. Usually they can offer direct advice and support, sometimes they may refer to other people with specialist knowledge who can help. They also support the development of health policies that impact on all children and young people, and to support pupils at school with medical conditions.

Working together with schools, they:

  • Ensure that school staff have the information they need to support children with health concerns. The training package they offer to school staff is accredited and includes epilepsy awareness, asthma, and management of medicines in schools in addition to anaphylaxis and use of adrenaline auto-injectors (Epipens)
  • Identify and support children and young people with medical conditions, to ensure they access the whole curriculum and are not disadvantaged
  • Plan for support at transitions as required which includes transitions in and out of the school within the school year
  • Provide appointment clinics for young people in arrangement with secondary schools
  • Provide targeted hearing screens where a concern has been identified and consent gained for screening
  • Provide support, and advice in relation to toileting issues, healthy lifestyles, sleep routines and mental health and wellbeing

Chat Health

The School Nursing Team also has a service for parents and carers in Devon called ‘Chat Health’.  You can contact school nurses and health visitors for confidential information and advice via text on 07520 631721. They can offer advice on many areas, including child health and development, mental health, adjusting to parenting, sleep and feeding routines, toileting and continence and family health.

Further Information

Please click here to view useful websites to access

Some of the wider School Health Team have been collaborating with the Bladder & Bowel Specialist Team and have created three 5 minute videos. They contain really valuable information about “wetting” – drinking water and “soiling”. Please see below for the links to the videos – they are really informative and have great advice about managing “toileting” problems.

Please click here to view The Importance of Fluid Intake

Please click here to view Bladder Control and Potential Problems

Please click here to view Bowel Control and Potential Problems