School Nursing Special Needs team support and promote the physical, mental and emotional health of the pupils. Healthy, happy children get the most out of their education and our goal is to help all children achieve this.
School nursing has changed a lot over the years, and these days our role is quite diverse. Amongst other duties, our role includes:
Assessment and Health Action Planning
Before your child comes into school for the first time, we like to visit you and your child at home to complete a Health Needs Assessment to learn about you and your child’s needs. If your child has come to Delius from another dedicated Special Needs primary school in Bradford you might have already completed one, so we may simply review your child’s needs and circumstances. From your child’s Health Needs Assessment, we complete a Health Action Plan that outlines anything we need to at this time. Your child’s health needs are formally reviewed with paediatricians in the school’s Clinics, and also when we contribute to your child’s annual SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Review. As your child progresses through school, we work closely with our colleagues in Adult Learning Disability Nursing services to facilitate a smoother transition to adult health services. The Adult LD Nurses will complete an assessment with you and your child usually before their final year of school. Occasionally we may also undertake Common Assessment Framework (CAF) assessments with your family. This is when the needs of your family seem to be more complex, requiring a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to support your child in the best way.
Depending on your child’s needs, we may need to draw up Care Plans that help school staff to manage your child’s health conditions in school. Care Plans are updated when we become aware of any changes to your child’s medical condition that warrant this. Some care plans may be drawn up by other Health Care professionals which we share with school. Examples of these may include Care Plans for some epilepsy medication from paediatricians, and Feeding Plans from Dieticians.
For all children we are improving our communication systems to ensure that we include, communicate and support them in the best way before undertaking their medical interventions. We also encourage children to complete accessible ‘evaluation forms’ following any sessions we deliver to encourage pupils to ‘have a voice’ within our service. Our Learning Disability Nurse also produces resources to help children understand particular health and welfare messages.
Further Support and Advice
Your school’s Nurse is a good source of advice and support to you and your child, and we can usually ‘signpost’ you to appropriate services if we can’t help you ourselves. We try to attend Coffee Mornings, Open Days and other events where you can meet me or other members of the team, to discuss any worries or issues that you may have. We also try to be around for parents’ evenings when we can. We may not have all the answers, but will do our best to help! If you need help and advice at any time you can leave a message at school or at our office and I will get back to you (contact details and hours of work are at the end of this Webpage). Although I don’t work over the school holidays other colleagues do, so there is always someone available if you need help and support at any time. We are also available to children to discuss confidentially any health worries or concerns they may have. For example, they may have questions about body changes, growing up, a medical condition or leaving school. If you feel your child would benefit from this, please give us a ring and we will make sure that we get to see them. We aim to listen and to help young people to keep themselves safe, and to help ensure their experience in school is a happy one.
If you would like to contact me or another member of the team you can leave a message at school, or via the NHS Single Point of Access in Bradford.
Our offices are open 8am5pm, Monday-Friday, all year round (except Bank Holidays):
School Nursing Special Needs Team
Westbourne Green Health Centre
50 Heaton Road
Tel: 01274-221203 (Single Point of Access)