Community Nurses Team for Children with a Learning Disability (Buckinghamshire)

We are a county-wide team of Registered Nurses qualified in Learning Disabilities and or Children’s Nursing. We are all experienced at working with families in the community. We aim to work with families, professionals and other agencies to enhance the lives and well-being of children and young people with a learning disability.

We can help with the following:    

  • Provide an Initial Health Needs Assessment for each child or young person.
  • Implement individual programmes with families which may include help with toileting, sleep, keeping safe, and behaviour.
  • Provide families with information and advice.
  • See children/young people in various settings to help us understand which areas they need help with.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss the needs of each child/young person.
  • facilitate small groups in schools to talk to young people about puberty and growing up.  

Who to contact

Contact Position
Team Lead
Community Nurses Team: Children with a learning disability

Where to go

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
High Street
HP20 1SD
Venue Notes

This is not a venue it is an office. We do see families for consultations at various sites across the county including:

  • Rayners Hedge Croft Road
  • Amersham General Hospital
  • Buckingham Hospital
  • Special Schools
Geographic Area Covered

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm with some flexibility according to need
Time of day

Other Details

Age Ranges
0 to 19 years


Referral required
Referral Details

Any child/young person aged 0 to 19 years who is formally diagnosed as having a learning disability can be referred to us by a professional who knows the family.

Referrals are only accepted electronically to our secure account.

All children who have continence needs should initially be assessed by their health visitor at 4 years old then referred on to us for further support if still required, as they reach their 5th birthday.

School aged children can also access their school nurse for support with toileting and enuresis.

The child must be registered with a General Practitioner within the Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Local Offer


We aim to work with families, professionals and other agencies to enhance the lives and well-being of children and young people with a learning disability.

It is of paramount importance to us that the needs of the child always come first.

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the service we offer.


Contact Name
Ann Poll
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
2 to 4
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
Needs Level
Behaviour, Emotional, Social Development
SEN Provision Type
Targeted service or Specialist service (Referral required)

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

We provide families with an individualised care plan which enables them to work on strategies around their child's behaviour, we provide information and advice to parents/carers about positive parenting and help them to combat problems around their child’s sleep and toilet training. We also work with young people in groups in schools to promote healthy life styles, coping with puberty and growing up and keep safe/stranger danger awareness.

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

For Children and Young People to achieve their optimum potential based on their individual needs

How can children & young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

They will need to ask a professional who knows them to complete a referral to us.

We only accept electronic referrals

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families for example, facilities, support from staff?

We see children and families in consultations in clinic settings in the north and south of the county. We visit families in their homes to help us understand and assess their child's needs, we also see children in their schools and respite care settings.

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

We have a service leaflet which we give out to all families who are referred to us, we have a number of leaflets that we also share with families that advise them about managing behaviour, sleep problems, toileting and signposting to other services. We work closely with other services to ensure that we understand each child's individual needs.

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

We are all registered nurses in either learning disability and or children's nursing. We are constantly updating our skills and have an extensive annual mandatory in-service training programme.

What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision for example, training, facilities?

We regularly gain feedback from children and young people about how they feel supported / listened to by us. We also gain feedback from parents, carers / professionals about positive changes in children and young people as a result of our interventions

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