Your School Health Nurse is Ruth LockeInformation letter for parents and carers
I am a qualified nurse who has several years’ experience working with adults and children with various health conditions. I obtained a postgraduate qualification in Specialist Community Public Health and have been based in The Cooper School since September 2014. This year, I am supporting students in Bicester Technology Studio. I am also a qualified community practice teacher and have postgraduate students placed with me.
Secondary schools in Oxfordshire have a named NHS School health nurse who is based in the school. The aim of the school 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.
What we do
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 to teachers with PSHE
- Referrals and signposts to specialist services
- A confidential school nurse drop-in
- Provision of contraception (parents will be informed of this before any contraception is provided), pregnancy testing and sexual health screening.
If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.
How can you access the school nurse?
- Young people can pop into the school nurse’s office at drop-ins (alone or with a friend)
- Speak to your trust leader or SENCO (Mrs Sheehan) to help with referral
- Self-refer by drop-in or using phone number to text
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.