Integration and Inclusion for Children with Medical Conditions in School

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Assistant Heads from CCHS recently attended the ‘Integration and Inclusion for Children with Medical Conditions in School’ conference in Oxford.

The conference was arranged by staff at the Oxfordshire Hospital School and showcased the collaborative work they do with the Clinical Psychologists in the hospital and local education and CAMHS services.

Everyone talked with enthusiasm about the effective use of Individual Healthcare Plans being at the centre of planning for the reintegration of pupils with complex medical needs. Feedback from schools demonstrated that the effort put into developing a comprehensive plan at discharge has a far reaching positive impact on the confidence of parents /carers and school staff, and reduces some of the anxiety at what can be a tricky transition for everyone. In addition to the amazing skills that the involvement of the Clinical Psychologists brings to this process, schools also talked about how they also enabled easier access to the paediatricians to help sort out any niggling medical concerns.

The conference also showcased some of the other work of the hospital school. James Shryane talked about their innovative work using telepresence robots to give cancer patients access to education and social contact at school. And Jackie Wheatley talked passionately about their work with students struggling with anxiety and provided us with a range of really useful resources.

The whole day was really well run, thought provoking and inspirational.

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