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Is there a set format for individual healthcare plans (IHPs)? The Department for Education (DfE) explains that there is no set format, as IHPs will vary based on individual needs. We point to examples of IHPs, including a template from the DfE, and look at what they should include.

No set format for IHPs

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions. It is intended to help governing boards of maintained schools and proprietors of academies meet their duty to ensure that pupils with medical conditions, whether physical or mental, are properly supported in school.

Page 10 explains that the format of individual healthcare plans (IHPs) may vary according the specific needs of each pupil. It says:

The level of detail within plans will depend on the complexity of the child’s condition and the degree of support needed.

An IHP should capture the key information and actions that are required to support the pupil effectively. It should be confidential, but easily accessible to everyone who needs to refer to it.

A representative of the DfE confirmed that there is no set format

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