What does this service provide?

Who we are

We are a team of registered nurses and nursing associates who provide clinical nursing care and support for children and young people with health conditions attending one of the special schools listed below (age range is 4-19 years in most schools although a few offer a pre-school placement for those aged 2 and over).

What we do

We strive to maintain high standards of care and safety for our pupils by:

  • offering specialist care and advice to pupils and their families, enabling pupils to access the curriculum in our special schools with staff trained and supported to meet their health needs, whatever their disability
  • providing individual assessment and care planning, risk assessment and management to meet each pupil’s health needs
  • working in partnership with other agencies including health professionals and our education and social care colleagues. Liaising with and referring to services as needed
  • helping to safeguard our pupils
  • training and assessing school staff in specific care procedures including enteral feeding, tracheostomy care, epilepsy care, rescue medication, asthma and anaphylaxis awareness, oxygen administration, oral suction, and intermittent catheterisation to meet individual pupil’s needs. Ensuring staff are competent and confident to meet the pupil’s health needs
  • supporting with transition to adult services

Appointment types

The majority of contact with pupils and their families take place within the school setting although parents and carers may be contacted by telephone as well as being seen face to face.

How can I access this service?

Children and young people who have a confirmed place at one of our special schools will receive a 'new pupil pack' which includes an introductory letter which explains where the Special School Nursing is based and how to contact them.

Attendance at a special school which has a Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust Special School Nurse is the only criteria for this service – it does not matter if your home address is not in West Sussex or Brighton and Hove.

How can I contact this service?

West Sussex

The Special School Nurses in West Sussex are based on-site at:

  • Fordwater School, Chichester
  • Herons Dale School, Shoreham by Sea
  • Manor Green Primary School, Crawley
  • Manor Green Primary College, Crawley
  • Oak Grove College, Durrington on Sea
  • Palatine Primary School, Durrington on Sea
  • QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2nd Silver Jubilee) School, Horsham
  • Woodlands Meed, Burgess Hill

Brighton and Hove

The Special School Nurses in Brighton and Hove are based at Seaside View at Brighton General Hospital and support those pupils with clinical need at these special schools:

  • Downs View Link College, Brighton
  • Downs View School, Brighton
  • Hill Park School, Brighton
Contact details
Telephone: 07484 524 580
Opening hours

Our service is open Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

There is limited cover during school holidays.

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