Medical Needs Policy
Policy and Statement of Arrangements for Supporting Children with Medical Needs
Reviewed by Christine Peel in December in line with the Children’s & Families Act 2014
Carlinghow Princess Royal School
Reviewed: September 2017
Date of next review: Autumn 2018
The Governors/Headteacher/SLT and staff of Carlinghow Princess Royal School wish to ensure that pupils with medical needs receive care and support in school. Pupils should not be denied access to a broad and balanced curriculum simply because they are on medication or need medical support, nor should they be denied access to school trips etc.
Roles and Responsibility
The designated staff with responsibility for children with medical needs is Christine Peel. Her role is outlined as Assistant Head /SENCO.
The Headteacher will accept overall responsibility for members of staff giving or supervising pupils taking medication during the school day. She will ensure that members of staff receive adequate information, instruction and training to ensure their competency to carry out their roles safely and effectively. Where children with more complex medical issues staff will be trained by professional health care staff and signed off to show they are competent to deal with issues such as diabetes, epi pens, gastro feeds or catheterisation.
It is the parent’s responsibility to inform school of their child’s medical condition they in turn will be invited into school to complete a care plan which will be updated regularly. All medication must be prescribed by a GP and if it is without the pharmacy label and child’s name then staff will not be allowed to accept this to administer. Children’s medication must be stored in a fridge. This is situated in the staff room and must be used solely for this purpose. Under no account must food etc be kept in the fridge in case of cross contamination.
Children who require asthma inhalers/epi pens during the day must have their medication stored safely in the classroom and must be taken with them when the child is in PE or on a school trip. It is up to the first aiders to ensure they are in date.
Children who require prescribed medication must be administered according to their health care plan. Staff must ensure parents are notified when medication is low and needs replenishing. All parents must be informed if their child with a medical condition is going out of school e.g. on a trip and require their medication i.e. diabetes.
Children who have been diagnosed with epilepsy or serious medical conditions will have a health care plan provided by the health authority and medication is usually administered by parents at home or health professionals.
School will provide:-
- Individual child’s daily records
- Employees training records for administration of medication
- Individual Health Care Plans that include allergies and food intolerances, photos of these children are to be displayed in the school kitchen.
- Emergency Procedures will be highlighted in health care plan and kept in the school office and a copy in the classroom
- All medication will be stored appropriately
- Syringes will be disposed of in sharps bin
- Medical resources containing blood/body fluids disposed of in the yellow bin
- Hygiene and infection control will be adhered to at all times
The Headteacher will ensure that appropriate aspects of this policy are communicated to all relevant parties including staff, parents, children and others.