What counts as a medical condition

Medical conditions can affect physical or mental health such as:

  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • asthma
  • anxiety or depression

They might affect how children learn, as they may not be well enough for school. 

They might affect how a child feels, or make it hard for them to keep in touch with friends.

Help at school

Schools must arrange support for pupils with medical conditions. They must have a policy explaining how they will do this. 

Pupils with medical conditions should have the same opportunities as other pupils. 

Schools should decide what help to give by talking to parents or carers and the pupil themselves. They should also talk to medical professionals and make sure they get the right training. 

Some pupils might have an individual healthcare plan.

Individual healthcare plan

This is a written plan that explains:

  • what medical condition a pupil has
  • what help they receive in school
  • when this needs to happen
  • who provides the help

The individual healthcare plan is important for pupils with complex medical needs. 


Schools must have permission from a parent or carer before giving medicine to a pupil. 

They must:

  • store medicines safely
  • keep records about when they have given medicine to a pupil

Find out more about how schools should support pupils with a medical condition.

Senior Advisor Physical and Medical Needs Service

Name: Kelly Lambert
Email: kelly.lambert@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 224063
Full contact details

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