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School nursing (specialist schools)

Service overview

Our Special School Nursing Teams are based in the eight SLD (Severe Learning Disability) Special Schools across Surrey, covering nursery to 19 years. The Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants in the school teams have a range of essential skills enabling them to respond to the varied health needs of the children in our schools.

Our teams work closely with pupils, parents, carers, teaching staff and a wide range of other professionals to identify pupils' health needs and provide agreed care plans.

We are an integral part of the school community and provide training and support for the school staff to meet the individual health needs of the children and young people on roll.

Our services include:

  • Providing holistic care for all students
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Providing individual assessment and care planning to meet each child’s needs
  • Training for support staff in specific care procedures including: Enteral Feeding, Tracheostomy Care, Mechanical Ventilation, Epilepsy Awareness, Medicine Administration, Anaphylaxis, Oxygen Administration, Asthma Care
  • Managing medicine storage and administration in school
  • Enabling children and young people with severe learning and physical disabilities and / or life limiting conditions, to attend a locally maintained school
  • Working in partnership with other agencies including: General Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Learning Disability Nurses, Hospital and Community Consultants, Community Children’s Nurses, Complex Health Needs Team, Specialist Nurses, Respite Facilities, Dieticians and Social Care
  • Health promotion and promoting positive health choices
  • Acting as an advocate for the child and family
  • Providing support and advice for parents (open access)
  • Providing nurse-led Down Syndrome clinics in schools
  • Sign-posting and referral to appropriate services
  • Acting as the lead health professional for the child by attending and contributing to a range of meetings including; Safeguarding, Child in Need, Looked After Child, Team Around a Child, Annual Educational Reviews, contributing to EHCP’s and supporting Transition to post-19 services
  • Managing medical emergencies (over and above first aid) occurring at school
  • Providing continence advice and assessment
  • Providing learning placements and mentorship for student nurses from The University of Surrey.

Other services offered (which may vary between schools) include:

  • Consultant Paediatrician Clinics
  • Outreach Epilepsy Clinics
  • Audiology Clinics
  • Dental Checks
  • Vision Testing
  • Parent Workshops
  • Immunisations
  • Dietician Clinics (Gastrostomy)

Our service covers the following special schools:

  1. Brooklands (nursery and primary, Reigate)
  2. Clifton Hill (secondary and further education, Caterham)
  3. Manor Mead (nursery and primary school, Shepperton)
  4. Pond Meadow (nursery, primary, secondary and further education, Guildford)
  5. Portesbery (nursery, primary, secondary and further education, Camberley)
  6. The Ridgeway (nursery, primary, secondary and further education, Farnham)
  7. Walton Leigh (secondary school, and further education, Walton)
  8. Woodlands (nursery, primary and secondary, Leatherhead).

How to refer into the service

Once your child has accepted a place at one of the above schools, their details will be passed to the special school nursing team based within the chosen school.

The team will make contact with the parents or carers and arrange a health assessment meeting. This meeting may take place at school, or within the home, with just the nursing team, or as a joint visit with the teaching staff. The purpose of the meeting is to gather information about your child’s health, to enable the team to write care plans and provide school staff training, which in turn will result in a smooth transition into school, ensuring all health needs are met from the start.

All children who attend one of the above schools will have automatic access to the service.

For further information

  • To follow up a referral

For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services such as speech and language therapy. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) and they will be able to advise.

  • For advice or questions about your child's health

​Contact your local Health Visiting team or call their Advice Line

  • 2 year development checks

​Contact your local Health Visiting team or call their Advice Line 

  • Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition

Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrician service page for more information about these services in Surrey.

  • Access to mental health services

Your GP needs to refer your child via MINDSIGHT Surrey CAHMS

  • Hearing concerns

Contact the Audiology service 

  • Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family  Health Surrey service

Go to https://www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/feedback to read about our approach and who to contact. You can also email the Patient Experience Team directly using csh.patientexperience@nhs.net 

If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us.  Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within 7 working days.