- Each school should develop its own policy on the administration of medication, using: -
1. Guidance on Managing Medication in Birmingham Schools - 2010
2. Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings, DfES 2005 (Revised Nov 2007) available on line from www.teachernet.gov.uk/publications ensure it is the 2007 revised version.
- Once the school has agreed a policy, a statement outlining it should be printed in the school prospectus. This will enable parents/carers to be aware of the school’s policy before they register their child.
- We would ask parents/carers to request that their doctor, wherever possible, prescribe medication, which can be taken outside the school day.
- However, we as a school recognise that there are times when it may be necessary for a pupil to take medication during the school day.
- -We are prepared to take responsibility for these occasions in accordance with the guidelines laid down in this Policy. i.e. we will only administer PRESCRIBED medication.
- Should we be asked to admit a child to school with medical needs we will, in partnership with the parents/carers, School Nurses and our Medical Advisors, discuss individual needs.
- Where appropriate an individual alert card will be developed in partnership with the parents/carers, School Nurse and/or Medical Advisors.
- Any resulting training needs will be met.
Children with Special Medical Needs
1 On Admission to School
All parents/carers will be asked to complete an admissions form giving full details of child’s medical conditions, regular medication, emergency medication, emergency contact numbers, name of family doctor, details of hospital Consultants, allergies, special dietary requirements etc.
2 Administration & Storage of Medication in School
2.1 Should a pupil need to receive medication during the school day, parents/carers will be asked to come into school and personally hand over the medication to the Headteacher or C. Lane (designated member of staff).
2.2 The medication should be in the container as prescribed by the doctor and as dispensed by the pharmacist with the child’s name, dosage and instructions for administration printed clearly on the label.
2.3 The form ‘School Medication Consent Record’ (see appendix 1) should be completed by
the parent/carer. The consent form will be countersigned by C. Lane and M. Carroll (KS1/EYFS) and will be kept by C. Lane. A copy will be kept with the record of medication form in the locked medicine cabinets. No medicine should be administered unless the school medication consent record has been signed by a parent (or someone with parental responsibility) and countersigned by 2 senior school leaders.
2.4 A record of the administration of each dose will be kept on the ‘School Record of Medication’ form (see appendix 2), which will be signed by the member of staff who administered the medication.
2.5 Reasons for any non-administration of regular medication should be recorded and the parent/carer informed on that day. A child should never be forced to accept a medication. “Wasted doses” (e.g. tablet dropped on floor) should also be recorded.
2.6 Should the medication need to be changed or discontinued before the completion of the course or if the dosage changes, school should be notified in writing immediately. A fresh supply of correctly labelled medication should be obtained and taken into school as soon as possible.
2.7 If medication needs to be replenished this should be done in person by the parent/carer.
2.8 Should the child be required or is able to administer their own medication e.g. reliever inhaler for asthma, we will want to ensure they understand their responsibilities in this area. We may want to ask the School Nurse to check the child’s technique before accepting full responsibility.
3 Storage & Disposal of Medication
3.1 All medication with the exception of Emergency Medication will be kept in a locked
cupboard in the mentoring office (KS2) and Nursery Office (EYFS/KS1).
3.2 A regular check will be made of the medication cabinet at least termly, and parents/carers will be asked to collect any medication which is out of date or not clearly labelled. If parents/ carers do not collect this medication it will be taken to the local pharmacy for disposal.