What are school medicals?
The purpose of school medical assessments is to address unmet health needs of pupils and where appropriate to review those with long term health conditions or disabilities, especially when they are impacting on their education.
Pupils can be referred to the School Medical Service where there are concerns that they may have a medical condition which is not being fully managed elsewhere or when additional information is required.
Schools will all have a named / allocated doctor. To find the name of your school's doctor please call: 020 7014 7175
The school doctor will review the child with their parent/carer to try to identify any unmet needs and then refer on for treatment or further assessment as needed.
School medicals are best suited to addressing one or two specific problems/concerns.
Below are some examples where School Medicals may be beneficial:
- Frequent absence from school due to unclear health reasons
- When a learning/behaviour problem may have an underlying medical cause
- Pupils newly arrived from overseas where there are health concerns but limited available history
What they are not…
They are not intended to replace the role of primary care (i.e. the GP).
Families should be advised initially to go to their GP for acute and long term medical problems.
Primary behavioural problems should be referred to First Steps, or CAMHS.
Find out more: CAMHS Alliance
Developmental or educational concerns should be discussed with the schools special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) or link Educational Psychologist.
Find out more: Educational Psychology Service
Problems associated with long term conditions should be discussed with the school nurse or school doctor. They may need to be seen or referred back to the relevant clinician.
e.g. A pupil with poorly controlled asthma should be referred back to their GP
e.g. A pupil with sickle cell disease who has poor attendance due to pain should be referred back to their haematologist or specialist nurse.
Find out more:
Pupils with complex needs that already involve multiple professionals/specialities e.g.
- Children's Integrated Speech and Language Therapy Service for Hackney and the City
- Community Paediatricians
- CAMHS Disability Service
- Occupational Therapy
Record Last Updated on: 04/10/2017