The school employs Intimate carers, Mrs Janice Brown and Miss Clair Passam, whose role in school is to administer medication and toilet children who are unable to do so themselves. The Intimate carers will only administer prescripted medication after written parental permission has been given. If the administration of medication is over a prolonged period of time then a health care plan is written which outlines which medicine is to be taken and how often. This plan is signed by both school and the parents and each plan is reviewed on a regular basis.
The Intimate carers will also address the toileting needs of children who for medical reasons are unable to manage their own toileting needs. Written parental permission will be sought before progressing with a toilet training programme. The Intimate carers will along with the parents and school nurse will then devise a toilet training programme. Each child with a programme is toileted at several points during the day and is changed whenever necessary.
The Intimate carer’s day is timetabled around the medication and toileting needs of all the children in school requiring support. If you wish to speak to the Intimate carer please contact the school office stating which child you are phoning about and what the issue is you wish to discuss with the Intimate carers.
The community health team
The community health team consists of school nurses, health visitors and paediatricians who have a direct link to the school. They can provide adivce to families via requests from the school. Requests for referrals can also be made on behalf of families via the school, provided that parental permission has been given. The team also have regular contact with the school’s inclusion leader and attendance offer, and attend SEN reviews, child protection meetings and CAF meetings if appropriate.