The Nursing Team at Rutherford School delivers nursing care to the pupils to enable them to access the curriculum as fully as possible.
In order to meet the medical needs of each pupil within the context of the school routine, we work in partnership with parents or carers, the school’s intra-disciplinary team and other external professionals as necessary.
The nursing team administer prescribed medication to pupils during school hours and give enteral feeds as prescribed.
In order to prevent unnecessary disruption to pupils’ education, the nursing team work in collaboration with Community Health Services to provide regular medical clinics. Dr Joy Okpala, Community Paediatric Consultant, conducts these clinics in school with a member of the nursing team, a class teacher and the pupil’s parent or carer.
The Dietician from Croydon University Hospital runs regular Dietetic clinics in school in conjunction with the nursing team and the Dysphagia Specialist provides nutritional guidance and support. Parents are invited to attend these clinics.
The Community Dental Service visits the school every 6 months to see those pupils whose parents have given consent for this. Parents do not generally attend but if there are any concerns these are communicated to parents by letter.
These clinics are provided to assist in the welfare and development of pupils and to prevent them having to spend unnecessary time attending external appointments out of school hours.
The Nursing Team currently consists of;
- Rachael Hickman – School Nurse, Nursing Team Leader (Registered Nurse)
- Princess Goba – School Nurse (Registered Nurse)
- Teri Kerr – School Nurse (Registered Nurse)
- Jane Westcott-White – School Nurse (Registered Nurse)
- Mary Arthur – Healthcare Assistant
- Theresa Donnelly – Healthcare Assistant (NVQ level 3 in medication administration)
The school nurses are available to provide nursing advice and guidance to parents and carers during school hours. If a more in-depth discussion is required this can be arranged by appointment.
The Nursing Department at Rutherford School is also an approved training establishment for Student Nurses from Kingston University who are either studying Learning Disability or Child Branch nursing.
All parents have been informed by letter that student nurses are sometimes on placement at the school, and the parents have the opportunity to tell us if they do not wish for a student nurse to be involved in the care of their child.
The students find their time at the school worthwhile and a valuable learning experience. Below are some of the comments they have made at the end of their placements.
“…a great team of nurses, they have all contributed significantly to my learning needs…”
“…lovely school, lovely people…”
“I enjoyed observing different nurses’ safe practice…”
“The school had a very good atmosphere”
The nursing team similarly appreciate having student nurses – they come with fresh ideas and teaching them reinforces our own learning and safe practice.
Please download and return our medication consent form if changes have been made to your child’s prescribed medication: Medication Consent Form