Medical Needs In-reach Pilot Project

The OHS and OUH NHS Trust are delighted to be working together to positively impact learners with medical needs across Oxfordshire through this exciting project. Please find details of the project below and contact us at projectinreach@ohs.oxon.sch.uk should you require further information.

In-reach 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 the OTS 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 hope to provide you with templates, worksheets, activities 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 hope to publish the results of the project and if successful, make the training available across the country.

What do I do next?

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

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Summary for other services

The Medical Needs Inreach Project is a collaboration between Oxfordshire Hospital Schools and Children’s Psychological Medicine – Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Its core aim is to provide 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 Partnership Schools through helping them develop their pathways, ideas and communication around children with medical needs.

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.

The project will be subject to rigorous evaluation.

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 Health 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.

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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 projectinreach@ohs.oxon.sch.uk to discuss further.
What long term impact will the project have?
We hope to provide attendees with templates, worksheets, activities and guidance that can be used in Partnership Schools, which will enhance support for children with medical needs. We hope to publish the results of the project and if successful, make the training available across the country.

On the 1st February 2018 we hosted the first of 3 intensive training days bringing together schools and clinicians to think about the issues and processes required to secure outstanding education for pupils with medical needs.

The following documents were presented throughout the day.

Ambitions of Project
Anxiety Slides
Individual healthcare plans
Medical Needs and Education: The Psychological Interplay
Medical Needs
MNIP Consultation Request Form
MNIP Information Sheet
Public Health: Promoting Whole School Health
Resource List
SEND Code of Practice January 2015
Statutory Responsibilities

Medical Needs In-reach Pilot Project

A pilot project working with Oxfordshire Schools to provide good education for pupils with medical needs through high quality, high impact practice

Launch Date:  30th November 2017 at Hill End, Eynsham

5.00pm – 6.00pm

Agenda and Overview of Training Programme

1. Motivation and ambitions, by Angela Ransby, OHS Head Teacher

In our pursuit of excellence, the work of the OHS is shaped by the knowledge and skill of a strong national and international movement whose purpose is to secure exceptional education for pupils with medical needs. The vision and values of the HOPE (Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe) International Charter frame our own mission and objectives. These include an unfaltering commitment to ensuring our pupils’ education is based on the theory of keeping up, not catching up; the belief in the crucial significance of working in multi-disciplinary teams; the need to adapt curriculum to increase access and reduce isolation; and a faithfulness to protect our pupils’ integrity by respecting medical confidentiality and personal conviction.

These guiding philosophies have now inspired us to create a programme of training and a network of partnerships that will equip every Oxfordshire school with valuable knowledge and practical support to make dynamic improvements in the way pupils with medical needs are taught, against a backdrop of diminishing budgets and evaporating services.

3. Psychological perspectives – supporting pupils with medical needs, by Dr Helen Griffiths, Principal Clinical Psychologist, OUH
Managing the psychological and emotional health of children with medical needs in a way that maximises their educational integration can be a complicated task. Perhaps armed with limited information from the child’s clinical care team, it can be difficult to make judgements about aspects of school life – How strongly do you encourage a child to participate? How can you identify when they have had enough? How do you manage them feeling different to their peers? From gathering information from clinical teams to form an effective plan, to considering the impact on teachers of managing complex and sometimes emotive situations, the psychology-focused arm of the project will prepare educators to develop robust pathways for supporting pupils with medical needs. Our project partners will be equipped to think on a practical yet creative level about how best to meet the individual needs of the pupil.
Alongside the training programme, we will also offer a psychology-led intervention for a small number of pupils within the county whose medical needs prevent them from accessing education. The psychologist leading each case will provide therapeutic support to the child and family, while coordinating a cohesive plan between the family, school, hospital and relevant professionals. Our aim will be to develop a gold standard protocol for achieving good outcomes for pupils. With a robust research and outcomes strategy, we hope this initiative will form the basis of a published work and solid framework for ongoing practice.

Benefits for Partnership Schools (2017 – 2018)

Free attendance to three Partnership Training Days in Year One (contribution to schools available to offset cover/transportation costs).
Thursday  1st February 2018
Thursday  26th April 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018
  • Free attendance to our annual conference on 29th November 2018.
  • Free attendance to twilight, regional partnership meetings where any arising issues can be discussed and solutions found.
  • Opportunity to nominate pupils with medical needs that prevent them accessing adequate education for our psychology-led intervention programme.
  • Opportunities to consult with the multi-disciplinary team on pupils with medical needs.
  • Follow up visits from a member of the team to support the implementation of knowledge from the training programme.
  • Resources and materials to take back to your school, packed with advice on pathways, templates and worksheets.
  •  Invitations to attend additional OHS in-house training and CPD opportunities.

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2. The project in an educational context, by Jackie Wheatley, OHS Teacher 
 Statutory guidance from the DfE provides a clear context for our work with pupils who have medical needs and their entitlement to high quality teaching and support. By exploring this guidance and sharing our skills and experiences with our project partners, our aim is to build a framework to ensure every child and young person with a medical need in Oxfordshire’s schools is given access to the most appropriate and highest quality teaching and support.
As part of the project’s training programme, we will review the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) criteria outlining our statutory duties and best practice guidance, and consider how the Individual Health Care Plan can be used as a tool for shaping our thinking about how to make the best provision for medically compromised pupils.
4. Barriers and opportunities, by the Clinical Psychology Team, OUH
Attendees of the project’s training programme will receive practical guidance and applied insights into the barriers faced by teachers and support staff in managing the care and education of pupils with medical needs. Alongside this, we will also explore the opportunities to intervene and to provide pupils with the most appropriate support when and where it is needed.
 Our aim is to equip educators with a deeper understanding of potential challenges and opportunities, and prepare them to navigate difficulties and seize opportunities with a sound theoretical knowledge.

Partnership School Responsibilities

To fully engage in project activities by securing strong school-based systems for skills and knowledge sharing.
To adhere strictly to the ethical standards underpinning project activity, including research.
To contribute to impact measurements, as requested by the project team.

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01865 957480

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Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

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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

Get In Touch

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

Get In Touch