School nursing (specialist schools)

Our Special School Nursing Teams are based in the eight Severe Learning Disability (SLD) Special Schools across Surrey, covering nursery to 19 years.

The Registered Nurses and Assistant Practitioners in the school teams work closely with pupils, parents, carers, teaching staff and a wide range of other professionals to identify the pupils’ health needs and provide agreed care plans.

The teams 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. This enables all students to fully access their education and reach their potential, regardless of the complexity of their health needs.

What our service includes

  • 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

These services may vary between schools:

  • Consultant paediatrician clinics
  • Outreach Epilepsy clinics
  • Audiology clinics
  • Dental checks
  • Vision testing
  • Parent workshops
  • Immunisations
  • Dietician clinics (Gastrostomy)

Schools and contact information

Our service includes the following special schools (emails and phone lines are monitored 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday, term time only):

Clinical Team Leader: 07970 939 105


How to refer

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. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) 

  • For advice or questions about your child's health and two year development checks

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

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

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

  • Access to mental health services

Your GP needs to refer your child via CAMHS

  • Hearing concerns

Contact the Audiology service 

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

Visit our feedback page to read about our approach and who to contact. You can also email the Patient Experience Team directly using 

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 seven working days.