School Health

We are a team of school nurses who work with children, young people and families in Kent. You do not have to be in school to use this service.

Contact us

We have school health teams across Kent. Referring to one of our teams is easy:

0300 123 4496
kchft.schoolhealth@nhs.net
Online referral form

You’ll find contact details of our team co-ordinators here.

Our teams are available from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, including during school holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who we are

Our teams work hard to improve the general health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families to support children to get the best start in life.

The teams are led by school nurses who are qualified nurses, with specialist training in public health. They are supported by school staff nurses, school nurse assistants and administration support.

We work closely with health visitors, community paediatricians, schools and other services from your local community in a range of locations, including mainstream schools and special schools.

We provide support for:

A range of health issues and will refer to specialist services, when needed. These include advice, support and help for:

  • daytime and night time wetting and soiling
  • behaviour management
  • healthy eating and lifestyle
  • emotional health and wellbeing
  • puberty and growing up
  • sexual health
  • stopping smoking
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • sleep
  • complex health needs.

Our teams offer a range of drop-in clinics in schools, children’s centre and other community venues for advice and information. You can find out more by visiting your schools website or contacting us on the number above.

Our Adolescent Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service offers health assessments, as well as a range of support for physical and mental health, plus referral to specialist services when needed.

We provide support for:

Our School Health Team offers a range of drop-in clinics in schools, colleges and youth hubs providing information and advice to support young people with:

  • daytime and night time wetting and soiling
  • behaviour
  • bullying
  • bereavement
  • healthy eating and lifestyle
  • emotional health and wellbeing, such as anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm and anger management
  • puberty and growing up
  • sexual health
  • stopping smoking
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • sleep
  • complex health needs.

Support for schools

We offer support for schools to develop a whole-school approach to improve the health of their pupils.

If you are a school, visit our Support for Schools section.

Our partners

We work with CXK to provide targeted support for children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.

How do you use our service?

This service is for children and young people who are school-age, between ages of four and 19.

You do not need to be in mainstream education to seek our support. If you are home-schooled or in a pupil referral unit, you can still use our service.

We take referrals directly from:

  • children and young people
  • parents or carers
  • schools, colleges and high education institutes
  • other health care professionals or partner organisations
  • voluntary agencies.

0300 123 4496
kchft.schoolhealth@nhs.net
Online referral form

Contact us

We have school health teams across Kent. Referring to one of our teams is easy:

0300 123 4496
kchft.schoolhealth@nhs.net
Online referral form

Your stories

Your comments

June 2017
Swale

The help I have received has been excellent. (Aged 11-18)

June 2017
Canterbury

It's helpful good advice and encouragement and it's made us practice a better regime.

June 2017
Maidstone

Wonderful lady and great advice and support.

May 2017
Ashford

It was very helpful, just what we need.

April 2017
Larkfield

Great to talk to someone professional.

April 2017
Shepway

School nursing service has been a very positive experience and helped us to make positive lifestyle changes

March 2017
Dartford

She helped me and it was nice to see her again to talk. (Aged 4-11)

March 2017
Shepway

It was interesting and interactive. (Aged 11-18)

March 2017
Canterbury

The nurse was very helpful and was able to give me advice and support with my concerns.

March 2017
Maidstone

Support has been excellent. Lots of very good strategies given.

March 2017
Whitstable

Fantastic, informative and helpful advice. The nurse was approachable, interested and spoke in layman's terms. I was highly impressed with the attitude of both the nurse and school who seem to be working extremely well together.

February 2017
Maidstone

Excellent advice given. Fiona explained why my child might be behaving the way he does. Made some suggestions that made sense. Thank you.

February 2017
Tunbridge Wells

Margaret has been very helpful and always available to me when I have called her. My daughter has made great progress and is more confident now at school.

February 2017
Swanley

Really helpful advise and care, and really supportive.

February 2017
Larkfield

Clare is a very nice person and I can tell her anything. She helps me a lot with regards to my hard times. (Aged 12-18)

February 2017
Maidstone

She was friendly and made me laugh. She also helped me with my stress. (Aged 12-18)

January 2017
Hastings

Very supportive, make you feel less anxious. (Immunisation Team)

January 2017
Eastbourne

They very caring, kind, thoughtful and they helped me even when I felt dizzy. I am very grateful for such lovely, honest caring nurses. They help me relax too. (Immunisation Team)

January 2017
Bexhill & Rother

Staff were nice and welcoming, made the experience better. (Immunisation Team)

January 2017
Hastings

The service was really informative and friendly. (Immunisation Team)

January 2017
Eastbourne

The nurses were really kind and helped me feel really relaxed and less nervous. (Immunisation Team)

December 2016
Tunbridge Wells

This is a brilliant service. Great to be seen in school, so easy for me as I have work now and Margaret saw us first thing. Thanks.

December 2016
Sevenoaks

The nurse was so helpful. I phoned for some advice and she came to see me a week later. Such as fanastic service.

November 2016
Larkfield

The children were made to feel comfortable and welcome.

November 2016
Tunbridge Wells

She listened to me and really seemed to care about my problems.

October 2016
Immunisation Service, Weald

The nurse made it seem like a very gentle situation and I wasn't worried.

October 2016
Immunisation Service, Lewes

She talked to me and calmed me down and was really kind and friendly.

October 2016
Immunisation Service, Weald

The nurses were really nice and they made it really easy.

October 2016
Immunisation Service, Lewes

The nurses were all really lovely and helped me when I was upset.

September 2016
Maidstone

Very helpful, friendly, supportive and understanding.

August 2016
Swanley

Staff were amazingly friendly and informative.

August 2016
Ashford

Good support, advice and hints and tips.

July 2016
Tunbridge Wells

Margaret has been so helpful and it was great to be seen at school.Very informed advice I think.

July 2016
Maidstone

Consistency and personal discretion are perfect. Ashlee has been actively interested with my son and made him feel 100% safe to talk to her.

June 2016
Larkfield

Very helpful and informative regarding issues raised.

June 2016
Canterbury

The nurses are reassuring and friendly.

June 2016
Maidstone

My son and I recevied fantastic support. I feel I was listened too and all my concerns were voiced.

June 2016
Sevenoaks

The school nurse I saw was very friendly and listened to what I had to say. He gave me very good advice.

May 2016
Swanley

Extremely knowledgeable and approachable nurse, really good care given.

May 2016
Sevenoaks

We're really happy with the service we received.

May 2016
Tunbridge Wells

She was very kind and listened to me. She made me laugh.

May 2016
Shepway

The service is amazing and all the staff are nice. You are also getting protected.

April 2016
Thanet

Great service, would defintely recommend.

April 2016
Larkfield

School nurse was extremely helpful and gave very useful tips and ideas.

April 2016
Maidstone

School Nursing have been very supportive and understanding - not judgmental.

April 2016
Swanley

I found this helpful and would think other families would too.

March 2016
Swanley

Lots of good advice given. Very thorough in explanation and advice. Very supportive and friendly.

March 2016
Maidstone

Easy to contact quick appointment time and friendly nurse.

March 2016
Canterbury

They were really kind and talked me through the process.

March 2016
Shepway

The nurses are very friendly and provide a very good service.

January 2016

The staff were very nice, and they got the job done nice and quickly. (Immunisation Team, Shepway)

January 2016

Nurses were lovely, helped me when I was upset. Gave me the option of laying down and holding someone's hand. (Ashford)