School Health Information


 Contact Details: PHN Team, ICS Devon, Barnstaple Health Centre, Vicarage Street, Barnstaple EX32 7BH

Tel: 01271 341500 

School Nurse: Jacquie Bentley

  • School Nurse clinics are held on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon by appointment only- please ring the school nurse for further information.

School Nursing Service information

School nurses are registered nurses who are part of the public health nursing team and regularly visit the school. They are supported in this work by Community Health Workers who are also part of the Public Health Nursing Team.

They 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 may also undertake classroom based health promotion work in areas such as healthy eating, puberty and hygiene. 

What the School Nurses currently offer:

  • Community clinics via appointment system for bladder and bowel (assessment and support) and assessment of other referrals received.
  • Secondary school drop-ins for young people
  • Targeted hearing screens (undertaken a selection of clinic venues in the locality)
  • Health contributions to EHCP plans (where we know the child/young person and there is an identified public health nursing need)
  • Contribution to safeguarding plans and processes where there is an identified public health nursing need.
  • Contribution to Early Help processes (previously DAF) where there is a public health nursing need/role.
  • Medicines in schools training programme.
  • National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP) and raising the issue of weight letter
  • Support with health care plans where health needs are more complex or changeable.
  • Partnership agreements with school senior management team
  • Health assessment at transition via S11 process (Reception, Year 7 starters and inward transfers)
  • Where capacity allows we also support specified health education sessions and parents evenings. 

Parents and carers are welcome to contact the school nurse if they have any health concerns about their son or daughter.

Please click here to view information about the School Nursing Service

Please click here to view useful websites to access

The Importance of Fluid Intake

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