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Special School Nursing

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Special School Nurses undertake a range of activities aimed at improving and maintaining the health of children and young people – often with complex health needs – to attend school, maximising opportunities, enabling each child or young person to reach their full potential 

Introduction

The Special School Nursing team is a citywide service providing nursing care and support across 29 special schools.  The team comprises of a mix of Registered Children’s Nurses, Learning Disability Nurses, Complex Care Enteral Feeding Assistants and a School Nurse Assistant, whose roles and responsibilities are overseen by 3 Team Leaders, a Clinical Lead,  and Head of service .

Each special school has a dedicated team of registered nurses and support staff responsible for the health and wellbeing of children during the school day. Some special schools will have a dedicated team based within the school 5 days per week term time. There are also 3 registered nurses available during school holidays.

Who do we work with?

We work during the school day with any child or young person (age 2 to 19 years of age) on roll in any of the 29 special schools.

The service operates between 8.30- 16:30  mainly  during term time with a limited service during school holidays. 

What do we do?

We undertake an assessment and develop a care plan for every new starter in special school. We reassess and evaluate care plans as required, dependent on individual pupil needs and circumstances. 

Nurses based in special school will in addition to carrying out direct nursing care also supervise safe clinical procedures which are carried out by junior nursing staff, complex care enteral feeders and teaching assistants, who have undertaken competency based training.

The special school nursing team will provide advice support and signposting to other services for a wide range of disabilities and healthcare needs. 

Regular Clinics are held in school with:

•Consultant Paediatricians

•Learning Disability Professionals

•Paediatric Dieticians

Special School Nurses will work closely with social workers from the Disabled Children’s Social Care Team to support access to respite care and community resources for sport, play and leisure. Where there may be concerns around the safety and wellbeing of a child, for whatever reason, Special School Nurses will work in conjunction and collaboration with the relevant Social Work team to support children and their families in overcoming difficulties.

We work in collaboration with teachers, teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors and transport guides to ensure that each individual pupils needs are met.

We support this through:

•Undertaking an assessment and writing a care-plan for each new pupil starting in a special school which is continuously updated whilst the pupil is attending a special school.

•Providing Clinical treatments  during the day whilst pupils are in school, 

•screen for vision, hearing, dental health  to identify  problems early and start appropriate care and referral

•Monitor a child young persons growth & development  through  Regular weighing and measuring 

•Support   immunisation programmes within the school setting 

•Identifying children who are at risk of failing to reach their full potential either through ill health affecting attendance or from  the pressures families  experience in caring for a child or young person with learning disabilities or difficulties; and providing  appropriate support, advice or signposting to other services  . 

•Work with teachers, Speech &Language therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians, Dieticians, Hospital consultants,  Nurse specialists and General Practitioners (GP) and other agencies to provide  on-going care & support for children and their families  

•Provide training, information and guidance    to education colleagues, (especially in schools where the nursing team is not based on the school premises) enabling them to    provide   safe & effective care to pupils with additional health care needs.

•Contribute to the Education, Health and Care plan ( EHC ) ensuring  pupils health needs are appropriately met and managed whilst in school

•Where children and young people are in Care the special school nurses will undertake  wherever possible the completion of annual health  assessments  in school 

•Offer health education, support and advice to individual pupils  during confidential drop-in sessions or as part of taught sessions with teaching staff. Or at the request of parents /carers. 

The Special school nursing team aim to provide health care for the children and young people in special schools that is personalised, with minimal disruption to the school timetable.     

Special School  Nursing Holiday Service  

There are 3 Registered nurses available during the school holidays to provide   support and advice to pupils and families identified to the holiday service by their named school nurse.   Referrals to the holiday service are accepted from the Special School Nursing Team, Social workers, GP’s, Community nursing services and Paediatricians by either written referral or telephone contact .

Name Role Contact telephone
Hannah Lewis Head of Specialist Nursing Service 0121 466 6539
Jayne Collins Service Lead 0121 466 6252
Sarah Cook Clinical Lead 0121 466 6315
Jo Davis Team Leader Central 0787 2420676
Andrea Griffiths Team Leader South 0788 5446924
Hannah Dyson Team Leader North 0779 2254977

Contact Us

Please click here to see the contact details for your child's school nurse team.

Please click here to see the contact details for the Special School Nurse team leads, and school holiday cover.

Click here to download the Special School Nurse Intervention Request Form.

This form will need to be completed by school / parents / other agencies if they wish for any planned intervention by the special school nurse team.