Awareness sessions


Medical awareness sessions for teaching staff

Parents of children with medical conditions are often concerned that their child’s health will deteriorate when they attend school. This is because pupils with long-term and complex medical conditions may require ongoing support, medicines or care while at school to help them manage their condition and keep them well.

Others may require monitoring and interventions in emergency circumstances. It is also the case that children’s health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted, sometimes resulting in extended absences.

It is therefore important that parents feel confident that schools will provide effective support for their child’s medical condition and that pupils feel safe. In making decisions about the support they provide, schools should establish relationships with relevant local health services to help them. It is crucial that schools receive and fully consider advice from healthcare professionals and listen to and value the views of parents and pupils.

Ref: Department for Education (December 2015) -Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions, Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England.

Advantages of good management of conditions include:

  • Improved school attendance
  • Minimised risk and reduce disruption to the child
  • Limiting impact on child’s educational attainment
  • Reducing risk of isolation from peers
  • Child can enjoy full access to education, including school trips
  • Supports schools with OFSTED’s expectation that schools should meet the needs of the full range of pupils including those with medical conditions

The Public Health School Nursing Service offer medical awareness sessions for teaching staff to access, these are provided free and hosted in various schools around the county.

The sessions cover asthma, anaphylaxis and epilepsy and provide valuable information, advice and guidance to school staff, to support children with these medical conditions at school.

Teaching staff are welcome to attend any session within the county once their booking has been confirmed. Contact details for each locality can be found here.

All Medical Awareness sessions are being delivered using MS Teams, a video meeting platform. This reduces the risk of infection spread and increase accessibility for all school staff.  You will need to request a place at one of our sessions using the booking form below. Once we receive your request we will email you a meeting invitation with a link to join the meeting. Please book at least 7 working days before your chosen session.

Booking form