Children’s Special Needs Nursing Service

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We provide a city-wide service giving nursing support within school settings.

We train School staff to support the health needs of children and young people.

We provide nursing and dietetic advice and input for children and young people during school holidays.

We work with the multi-agency teams and other agencies. Identifying safeguarding issues.

We also undertake:

  • Pre and post discharge involvement
  • Tracheostomy care/gastrostomy care
  • Training for families and carers of children with complex needs

Individual care planning


Special Needs nurses are based in the eith Special Needs Schools across Manchester: 1. Lancasterian 2. Camberwell Park 3. The Birches 4. Ashgate 5. Piper Hill 6. Melland High 7. North Ridge 8. Rodney House Special Needs Community Nurse (SNCN) and Special Needs Community Dietitian (SNCD) are based at Longsight Health Centre, 526 Stockport Road, Longsight, M13 ORR


Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm

Contact Details:

Sally Dever, Team Leader Special Needs Nursing Service Longsight Health Centre 526 Stockport Road Longsight M13 ORR Tel: 0161 248 1257


Chris Fox, Lead Manager

Sally Dever, Team Lead/ Nurse


Severe learning disability, complex health needs, profound and multiple learning disability and physical disabilities such as autism, epilepsy, children with emotional behavioural difficulties, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, degenerate conditions.


Open to all children and young people in a special needs school.

Referrals to be made via the CCS1 Children and Young People’s Service referral form, emailed to

If you wish to refer a child for a blood test, please use the CCS1 Children and Young People’s Service Referral Form and PSD Ametop Form (for topical anaesthesia) and forward to the team at

Referrals are triaged each morning and afternoon.