Care at RNIB Pears Centre

At RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning we offer specialist care to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs who are blind and partially sighted. 

Our specialist care services

We offer the following services to children and young people from pre-school to the age of 19, whether or not they attend our school:

  • up to 52-week residential care
  • therapies and healthcare
  • nursing care for children with additional medical needs

Children’s independence and having fun

We encourage children and young people attending RNIB Pears Centre to make their own everyday choices and to develop independence skills. We work closely with parents, carers and families to ensure they are involved at each step of their child's journey.

Find out how children and young people living with us at RNIB Pears Centre relax and have fun.

Our specialist care and therapy team

24-hour care is provided by our dedicated team of social care workers (including waking night staff). Our staffing structure ensures that individual needs of children and young people are met at all times. Between the hours of 7am and 10pm the ratio is at least:

  • two staff for one to two children
  • three staff for three to four children
  • and four staff for five to six children.

Every night, two social care professionals are on duty in each bungalow, with supervision from a night team leader.

In-house healthcare and therapy professionals

Children and young people are supported by in-house therapists, nurses and healthcare consultants. Our on-site team includes behaviour specialists trained in the care of people with learning disabilities, habilitation/mobility specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Read more about Therapies offered at RNIB Pears Centre.

We also commission clinical psychology services and sensory therapists to support our work with children and young people and assure clinical governance.

Nursing care for children with additional medical needs

5 Pears Court is run as a high dependency service for children with additional medical needs and is supported by a 24-hour nursing team.

All our nursing staff are appropriately qualified to provide care to ventilated children and receive clinical supervision and training through agreements with the NHS Complex Care Team. We are working towards compliance with the latest NHS Standard for Ventilated Children.

Read more about our Nursing care at RNIB Pears Centre.

Statutory information for care

Read about our statutory information for education.

Contact us

We welcome visits and enquiries from parents, carers, children, other family members and professionals.

To make an enquiry you can complete our short online contact form. Alternatively you can call us on 024 7636 9500 or email pearscentre@rnib.org.uk

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