Special Schools for Children with Additional Needs 

Background information

The Special Schools Nursing Service (SSNS) is a sub section of the Children and Young People’s Community Nursing Service (CYPCNS) and provide onsite support for children and young people attending special schools in Fife. The service originated with one pupil support nurse (PSN) in one special school in Fife in the mid 1990’s.  It has since grown and developed, and currently there is a team of 7 pupil support nurses and a nurse team leader who provide an onsite nursing service to all special schools across Fife. 

Special Schools Role

The special schools provide specialist education for children and young people who have complex and additional support needs.

SSNS Nurse Role

The PSN provides advice, support and training to education staff to help them meet the healthcare needs of the children and young people whilst they are in school.

The PSN provides support and advice to the children, young people and their families on a range of healthcare matters.

The PSN is a link with other healthcare professionals, including the Public Health Nursing Service which, in conjunction with the SSNS, provides a nurse led immunisation programme.


Hyndhead, John Fergus, Kilmaron and Rosslyn Schools have one nurse on site daily from 0845hrs – 1515hrs.

Calaiswood School have two nurses on site daily, one from 0830hrs – 1500hrs and one from 0900hrs – 1530hrs.

For further information contact

Lisa Fisher

Nurse Team Leader Special Schools

Children and Young People’s Community Nursing Service

Queen Margaret Hospital

Carnegie Unit, Level 3, Whitefield Road, Dunfermline

KY12 0SU

Tel: 01383 627047

E mail: lisa.fisher3@nhs.net


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