Supporting pupils with complex medical needs
Find out about the statutory requirements around pupils with complex medical needs, and how to seek additional help if you are struggling to support them.
The DfE’s statutory guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions sets out what schools must do to make sure their pupils are properly supported.
We refer to these requirements below.
Make sure the pupils have individual healthcare plans (IHPs), if needed
An IHP can include information on the pupil's:
- Medical condition
- Needs resulting from the condition
- Level of support needed, and who will provide the support
This information can be used to make sure that:
- Staff are fully aware of the pupil’s needs
- Any training required is identified
- Support is targeted effectively
Not all pupils with medical conditions will need an IHP. Agree with parents and healthcare professionals when one would be appropriate, based on evidence. Involve the pupils too, whenever appropriate (pages 9 to 11).
IHPs must be reviewed annually or whenever the pupil’s needs change.