Specialist Support Team for Children with Medical/Physical Needs

Promoting inclusive practice
Removing barriers to participation and learning
Advancing equality of opportunity

This Team is one of a number of specialist teams, that are part of the Children and Young People’s Department within Wirral Council.

The Team promotes and facilitates the inclusion of children with medical and/or physical needs in Wirral schools. It supports children in mainstream, school-based placements, from two-year funded provision to the sixth form, working with and through schools to enable children to achieve their best.

The Team’s core work is to provide advice and support to schools around curricular access, special educational provision, and equality of opportunity including reasonable adjustments. Core work is as follows:


  • Support for school staff in completing Individual Health Care Plans for those pupils who require one. Individual Health Care planning includes analysis of both the educational and emotional impact of a child’s medical/physical needs, and appropriate strategies to support learning and emotional wellbeing.
  • Coordinating and supporting transition from home or an early years setting into school for pupils with medical and physical needs.
  • Processing, writing and monitoring Individual Pupil Funding Agreements for children with medical/physical needs who require extra support in school.
  • Coordination of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for children with medical/physical needs that are known to the Team.
  • Learning assessment for pupils with medical/physical needs who are making less than expected progress, despite evidence based interventions matched to the pupil’s area of need. Provide reports, advice and recommendations as appropriate.
  • ICT assessment for pupils who have difficulty accessing the curriculum because of physical difficulties. Advice on appropriate technology to support both curriculum access in the classroom. Provision and monitoring of specialist ICT equipment and technology.
  • Environmental Assessments and identification of building adaptations based on individual pupil need, and working in partnership with Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Wirral Council’s School Asset Management Team.
  • Provision of specialist equipment for pupils with physical needs e.g. mobile hoist, seating. Specialist equipment is provided on the recommendation of the Occupational Therapy Service and only once schools have made any reasonable adjustments.
  • Liaison with agencies that provide services for children including Social Care and the Home Education Service.
  • Informing Wirral Local Authority’s Accessibility Strategy.

Children’s Rights and Equality Legislation

Advice and Guidance Documents

Templates and Forms

Training and Learning Opportunities

Contact Us

Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4FD

Julie Hudson: 0779 9417 210
Jayne Catton: 0151 666 4577

Julie Hudson – Team Manager
Jayne Catton – Specialist Teacher for Children with Medical/Physical Needs

Special Education Need & Disability

  • Physical Needs/Disability
  • Neurological
  • Medical Conditions

Facilities and Accessibility

  • Disabled Parking
  • Lift
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Toilet

About this Listing

Funding Status: Council Service

Method of Referral: Referral Form

School Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Eligibility: Pupils with medical and/or physical needs attending mainstream, state funded schools (2-19 years)

Cost: Free at point of use

Parking/Travel Information

NB: Members of the Team usually meet with parents at the school or educational setting that their child attends.

Hamilton Building is located near to the Pyramids Shopping Centre in central Birkenhead. For satellite navigation to Hamilton Building use the postcode CH41 4FD.

Travelling by Bus: Hamilton Building is approximately 0.1 miles from The Pyramids Shopping Centre bus depot. Services to this depot are operated by a number of bus companies that cover all areas of Merseyside and the North West. For information and detailed timetables visit the Mersey Travel website:


Travelling by Train: Hamilton Building is approximately: 0.2 miles from Birkenhead’s Conway Park Railway Station, which is on the Wirral Line of the Mersey Rail Network. 0.7 miles from Birkenhead Central Railway Station on the Chester and Ellesmere Port Line of the Mersey Rail Network. For information and detailed timetables visit the Mersey Travel website:


Co-designed school:  No

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E-mail: [email protected]

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