The nursing team offer a holistic health service to the learners at St. John’s. Both the School and College sites have a medical centre and sick bay that learners can access in the event or illness, the treatment of minor injuries, on-going medical conditions, or if they simply need advice or pastoral support.

The nursing team provide health promotion for the learners and work alongside the therapy and education teams to deliver sessions to the learners.  Sessions are tailored to meet the individual’s need and can be delivered on a one to one basis or in small groups. Groups include areas such as healthy living and exercise, nutrition, hygiene, skin care,  sexual health and relationships, men’s and women’s groups.

The nurses are part of the behaviour teams on both sites, this is integral to supporting the learners with more complex behavioural and mental health needs and enables them to work closely with the community mental health teams and staff within the organisation to provide the learners with the support that they require.

Residential learners can be registered with the local GP and dentist and are supported by the nursing and care team to attend appointments. The nurses work alongside the care team to develop Learner Support plans, to train staff to work with learners with a variety of medical conditions, and to administer medication and first aid. The school site also hosts a local GP clinic every week and a dentist visit every six months.

The nursing team consists of 2 qualified nurses and 3 health care assistants across both sites. They have a wealth of experience of working with young people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. The team work closely with parents, carers, Social workers, GPs, Specialist Consultants and other outside agencies  to ensure that the learner’s physical health and emotional needs are met throughout their time at St. John’s.