Medical Needs In Schools Conference 2019

The theme of the 2019 Integration and Inclusion Conference is ‘Successful Partnerships in Practice – Working with professionals & families‘ and builds on the work of the project over the last two years. The Conference will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford between 09.00 & 16.00.

The cost of the event will be £40 per delegate which includes a resource pack, a sandwich lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There will be a mix of key note speakers and responding to feedback, we will provide time for professionals to discuss the implications of the conference in groups. The full agenda can be viewed by following the link below:

Agenda

Conference Flyer

To book a place at the conference, please follow this link. Last year’s conference was heavily oversubscribed and resulted in us operating a waiting list. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

About the Medical Needs In Schools project

The Medical Needs In Schools project is a collaboration between Oxfordshire Hospital School and Children’s Psychological Medicine – Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The driver behind the project is a recognition that children with medical conditions are at higher risk of educational, social, and psychological difficulties and poor inter-agency working is often cited as a factor in contributing to sub-optimal support for this group of children.

Its core aim is to support high quality inter-agency working through joining up education and health services. The project will provide support and training for schools across Oxfordshire in managing medical needs within the education environment, in compliance with statutory and best practice guidance. It is hoped that this training will provide a lasting impact on schools through helping them develop Medical Conditions Policies, use of Individual Healthcare Plans and through robust pathways to local and national partners that supports excellent holistic care for children with medical needs within the education setting.

A secondary aim is to pilot a bespoke intervention for a small number of children who are unable to access optimal education owing to their medical needs. These children will eligible for a service from Children’s Psychological Medicine and registered at a Partnership School. The aim is to develop, through clinical assessment and excellent multi-disciplinary working, what gold standard joined up care for children with medical needs impacting on education looks like.

Our conference ‘Integration and Inclusion for Children with Medical Conditions in School – A Conference for Professionals working with Children with Physical and Mental Health Needs’, jointly organised by Oxford University Hospitals and the Oxfordshire Hospital School, was held in Oxford on 29th November 2018.

Delegates will have been sent a password which can be used to access resources and videos from the event by following the link above to ‘Conference Materials’. If you require a password, please email mnis@ohs.oxon.sch.uk.

How to support pupils with long-term health problems

Read our article that appeared in the tes magazine on 9th August 2019.

MNIS project:  Frequently Asked Questions for Schools 

We have collated some of the questions about the project which we hope will give further information

How can my school become involved?

In November 2017, Oxfordshire schools were invited to formally partner with our project:  as a result, we are delighted to be working in closely with 15 schools.   If you did not sign up to become a partnership school, you can still become involved.  The training programme will offer a range of practical ideas that are applicable to supporting children with both mental and physical health needs and will be open to all schools, partnership or not.   It is important to note that you do not need to have children currently at your school who are not accessing education because of their medical needs.

Will the project cover mental health?

We are aware that there are currently other projects in the county focusing on mental health in depth. This project will have lots of information and ideas which is applicable to mental and physical health and should complement other projects. It will not replace the need for the child to access mental health services if needed and will not interfere with advice and support provided by these services.

Will it provide advice on risk assessment for medical needs / advice on if our support is making the medical needs better / worse?

Yes, if appropriate to do so. Partner schools will have access to our consultation line, however any school will be able to access our online support by contact our Outreach Teaching Service in the usual ways.   We believe that this project will help you develop good pathways and networks to get the information and support you need. If appropriate, direct support will be given. For other cases it might mean helping you liaise and get the right information from other professionals already involved in supporting the child.

What long term impact will the project have?

We will make available templates, support and guidance that can be used in your school. This will help minimise you having to start from scratch with paperwork, and to disseminate best practice across your school. We will publish the results of the project and make the training more widely available.

Will it provide advice for individual children?

Yes, if appropriate to do so. Partnership Schools will have access to our consultation line. This will help schools develop good pathways and networks to get the information and support they need. If appropriate, direct support will be given. For other cases it might mean helping the school liaise and get the right information from other professionals already involved in supporting the child, or to support referrals to more appropriate teams. Through the training, Partnership Schools will be equipped to develop holistic Individual Healthcare Plans for children with medical needs, as per Department for Education guidance. A small number of children who would be eligible for receiving a service from Children’s Psychological Medicine will receive a bespoke and more intensive service than standard care, to ascertain what gold standard practice looks like for children with significant needs.

How will the project link with other services?

We are aware that there are currently other projects and services which the project aims to complement. A large part of the project will be to enhance existing pathways and to improve communication between services. This project will have lots of information and ideas which is applicable to mental and physical health and should complement other projects. It will not replace the need for the child to access other services if needed and will not interfere with advice and support provided by these services. We hope to meet with relevant services to increase opportunities for joint working and networking – please do get in touch with us on mnis@ohs.oxon.sch.uk to discuss further.

What do I do next?

Contact us, by email, at mnis@ohs.oxon.sch.uk for further information.

MNIS Activity Log

Date Event
29/04/19 Repeat training (days 1 & 2)
29/11/18 National Conference
10/07/18 Day 3 Training
26/04/18 Day 2 Training
01/02/18 Day 1 Training
30/11/17 Launch Event

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For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on 01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School Raymund Road Old Marston Oxford OX3 OPJ