Information for schools and school nurses
Online school nursing referrals
Parents, teachers, GPs and other healthcare staff can now refer a child to our school nursing service online.
School nurse contact details
Please find below a list of school nurse team leaders with contact details. Should you wish to contact your school nurse you can do this via the school nurse team leaders.
Please find below an update about the School Nursing services which Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust will be delivering in schools from September 2021.
The flu vaccination programme will start again in the autumn term. This year it is more important than ever to help protect against flu.
A Public Health England briefing for headteachers about this year’s seasonal flu vaccination programme in schools is available.
It is important that your school staff receive specialist training with administering insulin and monitoring blood glucose levels. The Specialist Paediatric Diabetic Nurses (SPDNs) will be involved with the family and will come into school to do this training and assist with writing a care plan for individual children with Type 1 Diabetes. Please contact the SPDNS on 01438 285000. If they don’t cover your area, they will give you the contact details of your local SPDNS team.
Every year in England, children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).
This year however, due to Covid-19, it was not possible to continue with the measurement programme and it was therefore stopped. Once it was halted, no further children were measured, and no further feedback letters were sent to parents or carers. This decision was made nationally by Public Health England, but was also in line with our local view that families, schools and our health partners had other urgent priorities and challenges to think about at this time.
The Department for Education and the Department of Health have a shared programme of work to improve children’s health and wellbeing.
Promoting healthy weight in children is an important part of this programme. As part of this programme, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) requires all children in Reception and Year 6 to be weighed and measured.
The School Nursing Service at Herts Community NHS Trust are responsible for submitting the measurements electronically to a central database, adhering to the Data Protection Act.
This programme does not include Special Schools.
Herts for Learning Data Management Services have prepared a report that will extract the required information from SIMS into the new version of the template. To download this report go to the DMS portal:
A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings. This updated guide published in 2017 provides advice on: preventing the spread of infections, which diseases to vaccinate for, how long to keep children away from school, managing infectious diseases and cleaning the environment.
There are currently a higher number of reports than the previous four seasons of cases of Scarlet Fever in England. As yet cases in Hertfordshire are not higher than we would expect. There is no cause for alarm as this is seasonal increase in an infection which is comparatively mild, it is worth knowing the signs and when to seek medical help.
If a parent or anyone thinks their child has it and are showing symptoms, they should take advice by contacting their GP by phone or calling NHS111. Although a mild infection and not difficult to treat in most cases, it sensible for parents to get advice because the risk of complications varies among children.
The NHS Website has a helpful page on
Guidance has also been issued to
Symptoms of scarlet fever to watch out for:
Scarlet fever is characterised by a rash, which usually accompanies a sore throat, and is sometimes confused with the measles' rash. The bacteria which cause the infection produce toxins (poisons), which cause a rash, itching, a red and swollen tongue and flushed cheeks. The first symptoms of scarlet fever often include a sore throat
- fever over 38.3º C (101º F) or higher is common
- white coating on the tongue, which peels a few days later, leaving the tongue looking red and swollen (known as 'strawberry tongue')
- swollen glands in the neck
- feeling tired and unwell
- flushed red face, but pale around the mouth. The flushed face may appear more 'sunburnt' on darker skin
- peeling skin on the finger tips, toes and groin area, as the rash fades.
It usually takes two to five days from infection before the first symptoms appear. However, the incubation period may be as short as one day and as long as seven days. Scarlet fever usually clears up after a week, but it is advisable to visit your GP to get a full diagnosis and proper treatment.
Guidance and resources for schools and parents on minimising exam stress for pupils in Hertfordshire.
A quick guide for parents for schools and settings to display with what to do if their child is unwell.
HCT Children’s Universal School Nursing service has developed the following health care plans for use by Hertfordshire schools:
The following health care plans were designed to support schools in the implementation of the Department of Education (2014) Guidance on Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions which has clarified the key responsibility for schools in managing medical conditions in school settings. The plans are designed to be used by school staff in partnership with parents and pupils. If you are unsure how to use these plans or have a child with a complex medical condition requiring health intervention, please contact your Named School Nurse or the School Nurse team Leader for your area – details available on the Grid. If you have a pupil with a medical condition not covered by these plans, including diabetes, please contact your school nurse for advice.
Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK. NHS Choices, in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency, has put together this useful guide and print-out to help schools and parents understand Norovirus, from detection to prevention.
With a new academic year about to start we would like to highlight the importance of the childhood immunisation programme and the vital part schools play in supporting this essential element of public health.
Our data shows that many children starting school are not fully immunised and therefore not protected against serious childhood diseases. We would be grateful if you could remind parents of the need to visit their GP practice if their child is starting school without the pre school booster. These immunisations are due three years after those completed when the child was 2, 3,and 4 months old and offer protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
Immunisations at secondary school
For many years Secondary and Middle Schools have enabled pupils to access their immunisations in school. This is a highly effective way of ensuring good uptake of these vaccination programmes which has a significant impact on the long term health of pupils. Last year saw the introduction of Meningitis C vaccination in schools. This year the HPV Programme is reduced from three injections to two. We recognise the impact of these immunisation sessions on your school day and would like to thank you for your invaluable support .
To view the two leaflets shown here in full please visit:
If you have further questions please contact your School Nurse.
The document provides guidance for schools and other childcare settings, such as nurseries, on infection control issues.
Prevent the spread of infections by ensuring:
- routine immunisation
- high standards of personal hygiene and practice, particularly handwashing
- maintaining a clean environment
For further information and advice visit: