All secondary schools within Oxfordshire aim to have a named NHS School Health Nurse who is based in the school. The School Health Nurse service offers young people evidence-based preventative health care. Improving young people’s emotional and physical health can improve their wellbeing and life chances - The School Health Nurse will work closely with teaching staff and pastoral support staff to provide support and assistance to students and aid them to make healthy lifestyle choices and reach their full potential - Young people can access the school health nurse during the morning breaks and lunch breaks when the school nurse is in school. The dates are on the door, and available to the pastoral office.
How to refer to the School Health Nurse?
Hello, my name is Natalie Purchase-Rathbone.
I am a registered Paediatric Nurse. I am employed by Oxford Health NHS
Foundation Trust as a Development School Health Nurse. I am currently
based at The Marlborough C of E School.
About School Nurses in Oxfordshire.
Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health
Nurse who are based within schools.
School health nurses aim to offer evidence based preventative health care
for young people in accordance with Public Health England’s ‘healthy child
programme.’ I work closely with school staff and professionals to help
provide early interventions, and support students with their physical and
emotional health needs so that young people can reach their full
The School Nursing service is confidential. This means that we can discuss
personal information with young people in confidence and will not discuss
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.
What services do I offer?
- Immunisations in accordance with the UK Immunisation schedule,
- Someone to talk to confidentially on a 1;1 basis to address issues
- regarding emotional, physical, sexual and social health and well-being.
- Puberty, healthy relationships, sexual health, provision of emergency
- contraception/ contraception/ sexual health screening and pregnancy
- Keeping safe eg: smoking cessation, drug and alcohol advice, healthy
- weight management
- Small group work
- Health promotion
- Helping to manage emergency medication within School and provide
- staff training when needed
- Supporting the school curriculum and PSHE
- Referrals or signposting to specialist services when necessary
How to access the service?
Students can refer themselves by dropping in at breaktime or lunch. I am
also happy to be contacted via phone, text or email. Alternatively, teachers
or parents and carers can refer. My weekly whereabouts is displayed on
my office door.
My current working days are Monday to Friday term time only.
Telephone: 07887 774207.