The School Nurse's Role
Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse who is based in the school. The aim of the School Health Nurse is to offer evidence based preventative health care for children and young people. We strive to improve young people’s health and wellbeing and their life chances. I will work closely with teaching and student support staff at encouraging students to be both physically and emotionally healthy in order to make informed healthy lifestyle choices and reach their full potential.
The School Nurse Service
The School Nurse provides public health interventions, including (but not limited to):
- Someone to talk to confidentially to address issues concerning emotional, physical, sexual, and social health and wellbeing
- Health lifestyle choices (keeping safe, smoking cessation, substance misuse advice)
- Support teachers with PSHE
- Refer and signpost to specialist services
- Offer a confidential School Nurse drop-in
- Provide contraception, pregnancy testing and sexual health screening
If the School Nurse cannot help, they will find someone who can.
How can I arrange a meeting with the School Nurse?
- Young people can pop into the School Nurse office at drop in times (alone or with a friend)
- Speak to your tutor or student support to help with referral
- Self-refer by drop-in, or text (contact details below)
The School Nursing service is confidential. This means we can discuss personal information with young people in confidence and will not discuss it with anyone else without their permission. However, we would pass on any information that we feel is needed to protect a young person or someone else from serious harm. Whenever possible this would be discussed with the young person first.
School Nurse Contact Details
Jamie Richards | Fitzharrys School Nurse
Drop-in Clinic: Fitzharrys School, Abingdon – Mon-Fri (9.00am-3.00pm), Term time only
Mobile Phone: 07900 758413
School Nurse Website: www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Jamie is a qualified Nurse who has had several years’ experience working with adults and children within a variety of healthcare settings. Subsequently she obtained a postgraduate qualification in Specialist Community Public Health, and is now working as a School Health Nurse in Oxfordshire.
New School Nurse Text Service
Students needing access to health advice from school nurses via during school holidays can do so using the details on the linked poster below: