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Physical and Medical Needs Service (PMNS)

This service helps schools and other settings support children and young people with physical and medical needs so that they can take part in all elements of school, or setting life.

We provide advice, guidance and training to ensure these children and young people receive the right support and can enjoy the same opportunities as their peers.

What are physical and medical needs?

Generally, physical needs are those that affect a child's mobility. Medical needs are wide ranging but can include conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, asthma and mental health needs.

Information about the service

The service works with lots of people to ensure that children and young people with physical and medical needs can participate in all elements of school, or setting life, including trips and physical education. We work with:

  • schools and their governing bodies
  • colleges
  • early years providers
  • parents
  • young people
  • health professionals, for example, school nurses, specialist nurses and children's therapy practitioners
  • other services within Dorset County Council, such as the hearing and vision support services

What can the service provide?

We can provide general advice and guidance on:

  • how to manage medical needs within a school or setting, including advice on storing, administering and recording medicines administered
  • adhering to the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability; the reasonable adjustment duty and the provision of auxiliary aids
  • the use of risk assessments associated with on and off site educational activities

Further information

See our support for children and young people with a disability page to find out:

  • what schools and settings should do if a pupil has a disability
  • what the law says about disability

Find out about how schools should support pupils with medical conditions.

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