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School Nursing - Northwest Boroughs NHS

School Nurses are registered nurses who specialise in promoting the health and wellbeing of school age children from 4 - 19 years, in accordance with the Healthy Child Programme.  

They are not based within school, but work closely with schools and with other health professionals to ensure that every child’s individual health needs are addressed early, and that every child is able to achieve his or her full potential.

We are part of the integrated 0-19 team working in conjunction with the Health Visiting Team

Each school has a named School Nurse who work together with the wider team to deliver the Healthy Child

Programme to children aged 4-19 years within the borough of Sefton.

The team consists of School Nurses (some of whom hold a Specialist Practitioner qualification), Community Staff Nurses, Clinical and Administrative Support Workers

As a team we offer:

  • Advice, information and support on all aspects of health and wellbeing encompassing both physical and emotional health.
  • A health needs assessment in the form of the Lancaster model online questionnaire which is completed by parents of reception aged children and pupils in years 6, 9 and 11. (Letters will be sent to parents during the school year to inform them of when these will be completed).
  • Health screening for all reception aged children which includes height, weight, vision and hearing.
  • The National Childhood Measurement Programme (height and weight measurement) is offered to all pupils in Reception and Year 6.
  • Annual health assessments for looked after children.
  • Support for young carers.
  • We play an active role in safeguarding vulnerable children and young people.
  • We work with families, children and young people and can offer health assessment, targeted interventions and further referrals according to needs identified

The following link will tell you which team, covers which school: North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust



1. How do I refer if I am a Health Professional?

It is not usually necessary to use a referral form for Sefton's School Nursing Service. However, if you are a school and wish to refer there is a form that you can get from your school nurse. Referrals from GPs or Community Paediatricians are usually by letter. A copy may be given to parents to pass to their School Nurse.

2. How can my child be referred to the School Nurse?

Once your child reaches school age, your child’s records are automatically transferred to Sefton School Nursing Service from the Health Visitor.

Your child can also be referred to the School Nursing Service, via the School Nurse at your school, by:

  • School staff
  • Self-referral
  • Parents / carers
  • GP
  • Community paediatrician
  • Health visitor
  • Other health professionals

3. How do I contact my School Nursing Team if I am a Young Person or a Parent/Carer?

Young Persons or Parent/Carers can contact Sefton's School Nurse Team Leaders, Karen Thornhill and Elaine Heague, to discuss any health issues or concerns they may have. You can call Karen on 01704 544766 or Elaine on 0151 247 6330.

The service does not have any referral forms so referrals should be made directly to the School Nurse via your school or by phoning the numbers above.

If your child attends a special school, they may employ their own school nurse and in this case they can be contacted via school.

In addition, all schools, including special schools, have access to a public health school nursing team who work closely with the school to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the setting.

The following link will tell you which team, covers which school.

4. What can School Nurses do for my child?

School Nurses are trained to carry out duties such as:

  • Hearing and distance vision screening, and height and weight measurement.
  • Health Assessments at Reception, Year 6, Year 9 and Year 11
  • Scheduled immunisations such as HPV and school leaver boosters.
  • Health promotion.
  • Support for teachers with PSHE lessons.
  • ‘Drop in’ sessions and one-to-one appointments for pupils or parents.
  • Signposting to other information and services.

5. Compliments/Complaints North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

If you have compliment or complaint about your school nursing service or are finding difficulty accessing the service please contact North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and they will direct you to the appropriate person.

Patients or carers who need help or advice can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) using the form on this page or by calling 01925 664 450. Visit the compliments, complaints and advice page for more information.

If you have a compliment or complaint, you can contact the Compliments and Complaints Team using the form on this page or by calling 01925 664 004. Visit the compliments, complaints and advice page for more information.