School Health Nurse
My name is Sarah Elsley and I am the School Health Nurse for The Warriner School.
My background is in Paediatric Nursing with a special interest in adolescent health. Since qualifying as a Paediatric Nurse in 2000, I have worked on the Adolescent Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, the Teenage Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital and on The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at UCHL in London. I began my career in School Nursing in 2009 and gained my Specialist Community Public Health Nursing qualification in 2014.
Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse based in the school. The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based preventative health care for children and young people, supporting students to be both physically and emotionally healthy and to make informed healthy lifestyle choices.
What we do
We offer routine childhood vaccinations:
- Year 7 - nasal flu
- Year 8 – HPV
- Year 9 – Tetanus /diphtheria/ polio booster and meningitis ACWY.
We offer support around use of medication in school particularly emergency medications such as adrenaline auto injectors, insulin, epilepsy treatments and asthma inhalers.
School Nurses provide public health interventions including:
- 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.
- Smoking cessation support
If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.
How can students at Warriner access the School Nurse?
- Contact me via text or phone – 07824 461634
- E mail me – email@example.com
- Attend the School Nurse office at lunch time.
- Speak to a member of school staff who can refer to the school nurse
- Referral to the School Nurse by a member of school staff if a health need is identified.
Although we work closely with school staff, the School Nursing service is confidential. This means we can discuss personal information with young people in confidence and will not share any information without permission. Our aim is to work jointly with parents where this is appropriate and is something we work towards.
The only limit to confidentiality is regarding information shared which indicates risk of serious risk of harm to the young person or another young person/child. In this case we have a duty of care to share this information in order to keep them safe from harm. This is part of our safeguarding responsibility. Where possible we will discuss this with the young person first.
Mobile: 07824 461634
E mail – firstname.lastname@example.org