Individual healthcare plans: guidance and templates

Learn when and how to create an individual healthcare plan to support pupils with medical conditions. See a template plan from the DfE, and example plans for pupils with epilepsy, diabetes and allergies.

Last reviewed on 14 February 2022
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  1. What is an IHP and when should we create one?
  2. What should the plan include?
  3. Who should be involved in creating the plan?
  4. See template plans

This article is based on the DfE's statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (pages 9 to 12).

What is an IHP and when should we create one?

Individual healthcare plans (IHPs) are intended to support pupils with physical and mental health conditions to manage their conditions. They lay out what needs to be done, when and by whom. They should be confidential, but easily accessible to everyone who needs to refer to them.

Decide on a case-by-case basis whether you need to create a plan

Consult with the pupil, their family, and the pupil’s GP or paediatrician about the child’s needs. Decide together whether a plan is needed to manage the condition.

If you can't reach consensus, the headteacher should make the final decision. 

What should the plan include?

The level of detail in the plan will