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Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust - Children’s Integrated Therapy and Nursing Services – Special Needs School Nursing


The Special Needs School Nursing Service are part of the Children’s Integrated Therapy and Nursing Service which has a shared vision about shared care for children with additional and complex needs. This vision is shared across all six teams across Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.                                                              


The Nursing Services exist to provide skilled evidence based care to children with complex or additional needs in the community, and all children who attend a special school. This provides support for the parents, carers and school staff in meeting the health needs of children with complex needs.  


The service is provided by a team of highly skilled staff made up of Senior Nurses, Staff Nurses and Health Care Support Workers.


We work in partnership with other agencies statutory, private and voluntary sectors in order to meet the complex health needs of children and their families within the Trust’s footprint. 


The Nursing Service will work in identifying those children who are at risk of being harmed either physically or emotionally and act accordingly in line with child protection policy.


The service completes a health needs assessment for children with complex needs who require continuing care. This is completed to identify the nursing needs.


Following assessment the team will contact the commissioning body for allocation of the package of support. The nurses will work in partnership with the agency delivering the package.


The nurses also provides support to parents, educational settings and social care in respect of children that have been identified with complex nursing needs whose needs cannot be met by other services such as; health visitors and school nurses. 

Who to contact

Contact Position
Special Needs School Nursing Service
01282 644319

Where to go

Floor 5
St Peters Centre
Church Street
BB11 2DL

The service is provided in Newfield School, Blackburn and the following schools in Lancashire:

Pendle Community High School and College - Nelson

Pendle View Primary School - Colne

Ridgewood Community High School - Burnley

Hollygrove School - Burnley

White Ash School - Oswaldtwistle

Broadfield School - Oswaldtwistle

Sir Tom Finney School - Preston

The Acorns School - Preston

The Coppice School - Bamber Bridge

Mayfield School - Chorley

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

All children attending a Special Needs Schools in Blackburn with Darwen or Lancashire will have access to the Special Needs School Nursing Service. There is no referral process.

Care pathways include:

• Entry into school

• Assessment

• Care planning

• Review

• Condition specific

• Discharge /Transition Planning

Other notes

The Special Needs School Nursing service exists to provide advice, guidance and consultancy  and appropriate clinical decisions and interventions to enable children with additional and complex health needs to receive  care and support from those who know them best in a competent and timely way i.e. right person, right place, right time. This is expected to complement universal provision but not be part of universal delivery. The service is provided by a team of highly skilled qualified and unqualified nursing staff.      


• To provide specialist health advice support and coordination and, where indicated health care delivery, to ensure the health needs are met for children, young people and families with complex and additional health needs registered at a school within the borough or who live within the borough. This includes children and young people who are placed out of borough during term time. The service will also provide advice, consultancy and support to those children and families outside term time 

• To carry out sound clinical decision making and clinical interventions when indicated and appropriate in line with the service requirements and the health care professionals scope of professional practice and competence

• To work seamlessly with other health providers to ensure that the health needs of these children and young people are met by delivering ‘the right care by the right person, at the right time, in the right place’. 

• To complement the work of universal provision in their delivery of the Universal Partnership Plus as outlined within the Healthy Child Programme.    

All work within the service will be based on a number of key principles which support the provision of child and family centred integrated care. These principles are identified below:   

• We focus on what makes a difference to the child and family 

• We work with families to agree shared expectations.

• We provide the best service within the resources available  

• We offer expert clinical decisions and interventions when indicated in line with the professional’s scope of practice and in line with this service specification.

• We co-produce with parents/carers and school, to agree joint goals – parents engaged empowered, and family priorities respected (child and family centred integrated health, education and social care plan)

• We seek and act on feedback from parent, carers and children who thereby influence practice

• We co-produce with parents/carers and stakeholders fully involved in service development

• We have clear roles and responsibilities

• We ensure the Common Assessment Framework is embedded  in practice (CAF - end referral process move to request for support)  universal and targeted services have an ongoing key role

• We ensure clinical interventions and innovations are in line with best practice

• We deliver clinical care which is effective and can be measured 

• We will advise and consult to ensure care and support is delivered by the most appropriate person working closely with families, school and other healthcare professional colleagues.

• We will support effective and timely transition plans championing the child and young person’s needs

• We will offer support and advice to families, children and young people with complex and additional needs outside of term time via  telephone support    “the right care by the right person, at the right time, in the right place”  

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Carole Kay
Contact Telephone
01254 283139
Contact Email
Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
11-16 years
0-5 years
16-19 years