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Medical Needs in School Project

The Medical Needs in Schools (MNIS) Suffolk project plans to launch in the week beginning 27th April 2020.

This exciting series of workshops is a FREE service for Suffolk schools, and will address how pupils with medical needs are taught in schools. Training is led and delivered jointly by colleagues from the Raedwald Trust serving as MNIS – Suffolk, and MNIS – Oxon.

By signing up to the project, schools will be able to gain valuable knowledge and practical tools to support their pupils with medical needs. In addition, the project will allow schools to:

  • Ensure they are compliant in Department for Education statutory and best practice guidance
  • Attend a programme of free training (specialist workshop sessions on specific medical needs relevant to their pupils)
  • Benefit from a local and national network of partnership with schools, health professionals, hospital schools
  • Attend training that will provide a lasting impact on their school through helping to build capacity and develop their pathways, including access to a free two-day Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) course – certifying one member of staff for each school (worth £300 per delegate)
  • Further develop ideas and communication around children with medical needs

The free sessions, for a maximum of two delegates per school (a Senior Leadership Team member and Medical Needs Champion) will be delivered on:

  • 27th April 2020 – Primary Schools training day
  • 28th April 2020 – Secondary Schools training day
  • 29th/30th April 2020 – For a Senior Leadership Team member / Medical Needs Champion – a series of workshops for partner schools to sign up at no cost:
      • Raising Awareness of Mental Health (Mental Health England half day training)
      • Persistent Physical Symptoms (Helen Griffiths, Principal Clinical Psychologist – Oxford University Hospitals)
      • Anxiety (Helen Griffiths, Principal Clinical Psychologist – Oxford University Hospitals)

The Raedwald Trust are committed to supporting Children with Medical Needs in Suffolk and beyond. Please do register interest now. If dates do need to change due to the existing developing public health situation we will inform you as soon as possible.

Schools can sign up to this fantastic project for free by emailing For a printable flyer about the project, please click here.