We strive to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and guidance in Health Guidance for Schools with regard to procedures for supporting children with medical requirements, including managing medicines.
All medical information is treated confidentially by the responsible staff. All administration of medicines is arranged and managed in accordance with the Health Guidance for Schools document. All staff have a duty of care to follow and co-operate with the requirements of this policy.
Aims and Objectives
Our administration of medicine requirements are achieved by establishing principles for safe practice in the management and administration of:
Administration of Medicines
The administration of medicines is the overall responsibility of parents/carers. The appropriate staff are responsible for ensuring children are supported with their medical needs whilst on site, and this may include managing medicines where appropriate and agreed with parents/carers.
It is our policy to manage prescribed medicines (eg. antibiotics, inhalers) where appropriate following consultation and agreement with, and written consent from, the parents/carers. This is in the form of a Care Plan.
Non-prescribed medicines will only be administered at the discretion of the appropriate staff.
It is our policy to manage the administration of maintenance drugs (eg. Insulin) as appropriate following consultation and agreement with, and written consent from parents/carers. On such occasions, a health care plan is in place for the child concerned
Non-Routine Administration (Emergency medicine)
We manage the administration of emergency medicines such as:
In all cases, professional training and guidance from an appropriate source will be received before commitment to such administration is accepted.
Procedure for Administration
When deciding upon the administration of medicine needs for children we discuss this with the parents/carers concerned and make reasonable decisions about the level of care required. Any child required to have medicines will have an ‘administration of medicines/treatment’ consent form completed by the parent/carer and kept on file.
Individual health care plans are completed for children where required and reviewed periodically in discussion with the parents/carers to ensure their continuous suitability.
All administration of medicines is recorded.
Contacting the Emergency Services
When a medical condition causes the child to become ill and/or requires emergency administration of medicines, then an ambulance will be summoned at the earliest opportunity and parents/carers informed to accompany the pupil to the hospital if at all possible.
Where staff are required to carry out non-routine, more specialised administration of medicines or emergency treatment to children, appropriate professional training and guidance from a competent source is sought before commitment to such administration is accepted.
The storage of medicines is the overall responsibility of the headteacher who ensures that arrangements are in place to store medicines safely. Secure storage is situated in our main school office as well as store rooms within classrooms.
The storage of medicines is undertaken in accordance with product instructions and in the original container in which the medicine was dispensed.
It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure that the received medicine container is clearly labelled with the name of the child, the name and dose of the medicine and the frequency of administration.
It is the responsibility of the parents/carers to provide medicine that is in date. This should be agreed with the parents/carers at the time of acceptance of on-site administration responsibilities.
Disposal of Medicines
It is the responsibility of the parents/carers to ensure that all medicines no longer required, including those which have date-expired, are returned to a pharmacy for safe disposal.
‘Sharps boxes’ are always be used for the disposal of needles. Collection and disposal of the boxes is arranged as appropriate.