Download a Medication Form
The administration of medicines is not a statutory duty and as such a member of staff may volunteer to fulfil this role but cannot be directed. If a member of staff feels they are not able to take on the responsibility, this task will pass to another volunteer competent member of staff. If in the event that no member of staff feels willing to administer medication, the headteacher will do so. In the absence of the headteacher, the parent is required to come in to school, to give the medication at the appointed time.
Short Term Medication
We will only accept prescribed medicines*.
Normally, if a child needs to take prescribed medication in school time, we request that the parent comes to school to administer the medicine (preferably at lunchtime). If for some reason this is not feasible, office staff will ensure that the correct administrative procedure is followed.
All medicines are kept in medicine cabinets. Medicines required to be in the fridge are locked in boxes in the medical fridge. Emergency medicines are stored by special arrangement with the headteacher.
Staff will only administer medicines which have been prescribed for that child by a doctor*. Parents must sign a form to indicate they give permission for school to administer medicines, dosage and instructions.
Medicines must be brought to the office and not given to the child to take to class.
*Non-prescription medicines - Paracetamol
In recognition that, in the short term, a dose of ‘over the counter’ paracetamol may increase the chances of school attendance if a child is mildly unwell, and that to see a doctor for such a prescription can be time consuming, school is willing to administer one dose of paracetamol, eg. Calpol or similar paracetamol suspensions, between the times of 1.00pm and 1.15pm only. This way, it is manageable for the school, and parents and school can be assured of a four-hour time span between any previous dosage. School will only enter into this agreement with a parent on a short-term basis.
The medicine will be administered by the office staff or the headteacher only. No flexibility is available on dosage, we will adhere to the instructions printed on the box/bottle. If parents wish other arrangements, this should be administered at home or on the advice of a GP through prescription.
Parents must bring in this medicine as per the arrangements for any other medicine.
Ibruprofen or asprin will not be administered under this arrangement.
Staff will not accept responsibility for the safe keeping or administering of any non-prescribed medicine including proprietary brands (eg. Throat pastilles, over the counter Calpol etc.). Children may not bring these in to school to self-administer.
Inhalers and Emergency Medicines
Each class has an asthma list displayed which states which children require inhalers.
In KS2 children carry their own inhalers which are marked with their names. In KS1 inhalers, marked with the child’s name, and are kept in the classroom, and is readily accessible to the child at all times. In both Key Stages children must always have their inhalers with them when working in hall in PE or doing games outside. In KS1 the inhalers are kept over lunch time in the lunchtime first aid box which is kept in the staffroom. The midday supervisor returns each set to the appropriate class at the end of lunchtime. Emergency medicines such as Epipens may also be kept in the classroom or nearest admin/staff area in a clearly marked box.
Children with long term/daily medical needs
If a child needs to take medication every day or very regularly, or if they have a serious medical need, they are placed on the SEN register under the ‘Medical’ category. Each child has an individual care plan which details the condition, prevention if possible, treatment and guidelines for staff. This must be updated by the parent annually or sooner if circumstances change. The fulfilment of the care plan is the responsibility of the classteacher under the direction of the SENCo and headteacher. It will be administered by a member of classroom staff that has volunteered to do so. If a temporary medicine is brought in to school for a child on a medical care plan, it may be administered by class staff or by the admin team, whichever is most convenient and safe. However, it must be brought to the office by the parent and not taken to the classroom. An additional medical form will need to be completed. Longer term medicines are stored safely, i.e. locked cupboards within the approved guidelines, either within the classroom or the base/same building.