I’m Katie Hall, your school nurse here at Lancasterian.
I am a Specialist School Nursing Sister, working closely with Paula Kennedy, the Senior Nursing Assistant, as part of the Special Needs School Nursing team within Manchester university NHS Foundation Trust. We work together with the complex care team and the Star team in the community to provide well-rounded care and support for the children of Lancasterian and their families. We are based at the school and provide care Monday to Friday during normal school hours. There is always a member of the nursing team on site and ready to help!
Prior to joining the Special Needs School Nursing team I spent 4 years on the wards of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital specialising in neurology, tracheostomies, neurosurgery and trauma.
Paula has an extensive background and a wealth of knowledge of caring for adults and children with varying disabilities requiring wide ranging needs.
As well as being based at school in order to be on hand for any emergencies that might arise, we are also closely aligned with Dr Rekha, the Community Consultant Paediatrician for Lancasterian. We organise and attend her weekly clinic based held in school and conduct frequent reviews of the children in order to manage their care effectively.
Our other tasks include dispensing and administering daily and emergency medications, training staff in emergency procedures and other applicable skills, and maintaining good communication and relationships with other relevant teams and care givers in order to deliver a ‘full picture’ approach to care.
As a safeguarding lead for the school I attend regular safeguarding meetings and work closely with other services within Manchester Local Care Organisation in order to help identify any safeguarding issues in the community and keep the children safe when they’re not in school.
We take real pride in the work we do her and, as a result, we are CQC accredited and are currently awaiting feedback from a recent inspection.
Although experience is essential to these roles, the most important thing is how much we love working with the children and we relish every opportunity to get to know them.
We like to think we’re quite friendly folk here, so if you have any questions about the way we work or the care we can provide, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or pop in for a chat!