Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions & Administration of Medicines
IMPORTANT: All medicines must be handed in at the school office. Pupils must not be given medicines to keep in their bags or coats.
We have a clear policy on the administration of medicines:
- Wherever possible we expect medicine to be administered at home i.e. where administration during the school day can be avoided arrangements should be put in place.
- There may be times when medication needs to be administered, e.g. antibiotics prescribed 4 times per day. Where this is the case:
- We will only authorise the administration of medication which has been prescribed by a doctor or healthcare professional.
- Medication must be provided in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions.
- We welcome parents/carers coming into school to administer medicines where possible
- The Headteacher will determine if medication is to be administered at school and by whom. Any medication will normally be administered during break and/or lunch times. If, for medical reasons, it needs to be administered at other times arrangements will be made.
- School will always require written permission to administer medicine. Medicines must be handed in to the school office and a Medicines Form completed by the parent/carer. Medicines can be collected from the school office at the end of the day by the parent/carer. The collection of medicine is the responsibility of the parent/carer.
- We will only administer ‘Calpol’ or an equivalent medication if it is part of the treatment of a long term condition. In such circumstances the Headteacher must be consulted.
- A record of all medication given will be kept on a Medicine Record Form.
- Where a child may need emergency treatment, as in the case of anaphylactic shock or epilepsy, named person(s) will receive training to administer treatment to the child. All teachers and support staff receive regular training on asthma and use of an epi-pen.
- Where a child has a serious illness or is receiving ongoing/long term treatment, school staff will work with the parents, health professionals and the child to ensure his/her needs can be met and an Individual Healthcare Plan will be put in place.
Individual Healthcare Plan - Children with specific medical conditions may require an Individual Healthcare Plan as determined by the school, health professional and/or parent. This will provide clarity about what needs to be done, when and by whom. The plan will contain information about the medical condition, its triggers, signs, symptoms and treatments.