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Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

This set of documents is statutory guidance from the Department for Education. It is for:

 

a) Governing Bodies of maintained schools (and therefore for the direction of all staff in maintained schools)

b) Proprietors of academies

c) Management committees of PRUs.

 

It's also relevant for anyone supporting children with medical conditions.

 

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow this guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.  The templates below (Word documents) give example text that schools can use to:

1) Create and invite parents to contribute to a child's individual healthcare plan

2) Ask for parental agreement for administering medication

3) Keep a record of medicine administered to children

4) Keep a record of staff training in administration of medication  

Information can also be sought from your school nurse, or from relevant professionals involved in the child's care (such as Occupational Therapists, etc).

Keep an eye out for any updates on the main Gov.uk website which is detailed at the end of the resources document.  Some documents on the Gov.uk website state that they were due a review in the Autumn of 2017, however, they have not been replaced yet so use them as current guidance. 

 

As of January 2020 there are a couple of new posters from Public Health England and the NHS, which point staff in the direction of online guidance.  Please make a space on your H&S notice board for one of these posters.   

 

 16 March 2020:  Emerade 150mcg auto injector: Patient Recall

There is guidance about the recall on gov.uk and the official recall from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. There is useful guidance for schools in both documents.

The recall also applies to any Emerade 150mcg devices held within schools and therefore these devices will need to be returned to pharmacies and replaced with alternatives. Also to highlight that Emerade 150 microgram pens in schools should only be returned to the pharmacy once they have a replacement device. Further advice is available within the alert.

  

General, non-urgent queries can be emailed to Nina Bickerton (Schools' H&S Advisor).

 

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