Members of the Physical Disability Specialist Service (PDSS) work in close collaboration with colleagues from the Children and Family Specialist Service and health service to support the inclusion of pupils with significant physical disabilities.
PDSS staff are involved in assessing children’s educational and physical access support needs; planning adaptations to buildings; advising on and providing specialist equipment; training and support to school staff, including training in safe manual handling. The service also provides strategic advice and training for Nottinghamshire Local Authority.
The Disabled Pupils Access Panel is a referral panel which is held each month to coordinate the admission and transition of pupils with a significant disability into mainstream schools. The panel consists of the Head of Service, Access Officer, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.