Public health nurses

Support for children, young people and their families with health or wellbeing issues. This may be directly with the public health nurse, or help to access appropriate specialist services

Available support

The public health nurses are qualified registered nurses who have undertaken additional training to become specialists in public health. Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and protecting them from threats to their health.

The public health nurses work in a skill mix team and are linked to groups of schools/academies across the borough.

You can contact your public health nurse for support with:

  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Help to stop smoking
  • Worries about your family
  • Body changes and puberty
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Managing stress
  • Healthy lifestyles 
  • Sexual health/contraception
  • Healthy relationships
  • Sleep
  • Behaviour
  • Continence

Contact information

The public health nurses can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm:

  • By calling 01642 444011
  • By emailing
  • Or young people aged 11-19 years can text directly to a public health nurse via our Chat Health at 07312263100. It is a safe and secure messaging service which enables young people to access help and support from health professionals anonymously and quickly.

The public health nurse can see you in a school, health setting or another venue of your choice.

Additional services

All children will be offered vision screening during reception year at school.

Children in Year 6 will be offered class sessions on emotional wellbeing and puberty.

Children within Reception and Year 6 will be sent a letter and consent form for them to participate within the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). 

From September 2022, the public health nurse team will be offering the HENRY Programme 5-12 years – to support parents and children to develop healthier and happier lifestyles.