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Physical and Medical Needs Service (PMNS)

We provide advice, guidance and training to make sure children and young people with physical and medical needs get the right support and can enjoy the same opportunities as their peers. 

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
  • mental health needs

How the PMNS works

We work with lots of people to make sure children and young people with physical and medical needs can take part in all elements of school or setting, 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 the PMNS can 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
  • how to adhere to the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability; the reasonable adjustment of duty and provision of auxiliary aids
  • the use of risk assessments associated with on and off site educational activities

More information 

See support for children and young people with a disability 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.

Senior Advisor, Physical and Medical Needs Service

Name: Kelly Lambert
Email: k.lambert@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 224063
Full details for Senior Advisor, Physical and Medical Needs Service

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