School Nursing Cornwall

School nurses provide confidential advice and health information. This advice is available to young people, their parents, carers and teachers. School nurses will help ensure children and young people stay fit and healthy.

School Nursing Cornwall offers health assessments to all children when they start primary and secondary school. This information is used by the NHS to help plan and improve services for children.

As well helping parents to bring up healthy children by providing information on healthy eating and hygiene, they also help teachers to meet any health needs children may have at school. In secondary schools they provide drop-in sessions. For all children school nurses can help to carry out the common assessment framework. This looks at all the child’s needs, not just those that can be met by one organisation and develops a plan to meet those needs.

They can also help to put you in touch with or make referrals to the other health services your child may need. This includes hearing tests, speech and language therapy, continence services, child mental health services, dieticians and opticians.

Each autumn/spring term the school nurse will meet with groups of year 7 pupils in order to raise the awareness of health issues that the school nurse can support young people with, to highlight the school nurse weekly drop in service and to offer each year 7 pupil a health check.

Existing Referrals and Enquiries

Contact the Children’s Services Care Management Centre on:
01872 221400

Children’s Services Care Management Centre
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill
Tr1 2JA

New Referrals

Contact the Early Help Hub on:
01872 322277


or if you wish to make a referral please use the approriate link below.

The website for professionals is:
The website for parents is:

Making Integration Happen – transfer of services

From 1 April 2019 Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting, School Nursing and Specialist Speech and Language) will transfer into Cornwall Council from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT). This is the beginning of a wider programme to integrate education, early years, children’s community health, early help and social care services.

What will it mean for me?

The services you and your child/children receive will remain the same and will continue to be provided by the same staff.  In order to ensure continuity of service, a copy of you and your child/children’s electronic and paper records will be transferred to the Council.  These will be transferred in a secure manner and will be held for the same retention and disposal periods.

Further information about this transfer can be found on the Council’s website if you search for Making Integration Happen.

School Nursing Resources

Finding Your School Nurse
Medicines Management
School Nursing for primary school aged children leaflet
School Nursing – Secondary school aged children Leaflet
Primary School Poster
Secondary School Poster
The Spotty Book


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