Specialist School Nursing

Providing care for children aged 0-19 with life-limiting conditions, receiving education in special school settings or with severe learning disabilities.

Children and Young People’s Specialist Nursing Team

What we do

We are part of the Specialist Children’s services within Harrogate and District Trust and work closely with the therapy teams, consultants and autism team within this service.

We can provide care for children aged 0-19 with life-limiting conditions, receiving education in special school settings or with severe learning disabilities.

We also work with other families whose children have complex health care needs which may resolve.

Our aim is to provide high quality evidence based care and support and believe that all children and young people have a right to achieve their full potential physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We are committed to working in partnership with families and other statutory and voluntary organisations in order to achieve this.

Children’s Community Nursing

  • We provide advice, emotional support and nursing care to children and young people and their families within their community setting
  • We assess and co-ordinate complex care needs in partnership with families/carers and other agencies to meet their needs
  • We provide a programme of play for children and young people/siblings, to help them cope with treatments and/or their condition
  • We will advocate on behalf of the child/young person and their family to ensure needs are met
  • We teach families/carers/support workers the necessary skills to care for the child in various community settings
  • We will act as a resource for families, carers and other professionals

The Specialist Community Nursing Team also:

  • Provides a specialist training programme for a range of community settings, i.e. education, respite, voluntary service
  • Deliver a Personal Health and Sexuality Education (PHSE) programme including drop in clinics for children and young people attending Special Schools in the area in conjunction with teaching colleagues
  • Support access to acute health care

Special School Nurses

  • Assesses health needs. Provide training and support to school staff, parents, and carers to meet individual health needs
  • Provides holistic care for children, their families and carers in both the school and home environment
  • Drop In clinics provide opportunity for young people to discuss concerns about their health
  • Signposting – providing access to health information and services for children, parents and carers
  • Supporting children, parents and carers through transition.
  • Health education and promotion for children, parents and carers

Children’s Community Learning Disability Nurse

  • Work with children, young people aged 0-19 years with significant Learning Disabilities, their families and offer advice, support and information to parents/carers on issues specific to learning disabilities
  • This may include advice on: Toileting, sleeping, eating, difficult behaviours
  • Transitions Planning (when children move from child to adult services). This includes Health Action Planning and formulating Communication Passports
  • Provide training to parents and allied professionals on issues specific to learning disability
  • Act as a resource for young people, families, carers and other professionals
  • The team has specific knowledge around Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Liaise and work collaboratively with, young people, families and professionals from other agencies


Harrogate and Rural District

Children & Young People’s Specialist Community Nursing Team
Jennyfields Health Centre
Grantley Drive
01423 557510

Key staff

Harrogate and Rural District

Specialist Practitioner: Jilly Adams

Children’s Nurse: Debbie Ibbotson

Special Schools Nurse: Louise Stringer 

Community Nurse (Special Schools): Cathrine Thurlby

Community Learning Disability Nurse: Mel Waud

Associate Practitioner: Adele Jackson

Associate Practitioner: Laura Dixon

Team Secretary: Nikola Stephenson

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