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Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School
Medicines Administration Policy

Children occasionally need medicine doses on the school day. It could be important to
the effectiveness of the treatment that the doses should be administrated on a regular
basis. It would be unreasonable to expect a parent to visit school to administer
Some medications are administered only when needed and may be part of a child’s life
for years to come. The most obvious example is the asthmatics inhaler. Here we can
play our part in helping the child to take responsibility for their own medication.
If at all possible it is preferable that the dosages of medication can be administered at
home. Three daily doses allows this to happen, four doesn’t!
Occasional medicines for temporary illness
Parents must:

inform school whether medicine is prescribed or not ensure medication is handed in and signed for by parent/carer medicine is clearly labelled and in its original container if timing of medication is crucial parents may wish to come into school to administer it themselves ensure that the medicine is collected each evening or only sufficient for the daily dose is left in school
School will ensure:
medicines are stored out of children’s reach medicines are administered to written instructions to the best of their ability ensure that the appropriate medicine administration sheet is completed
Medication for Long Term Illness/Medical Conditions
These medicines will be the responsibility of the child as far as is possible, taking into
teachers knowledge of the child and task if there is any discrepancy the advice of the school medical officer will be sought if doubt remains the headteacher must ensure that pupil safety is paramount Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School Medicine Administration Policy January 2013 Asthma
Management of asthma is largely through the use of inhalers which most children of
school age should be able to take responsibility for themselves. School will establish the
prescribed type and usage of inhalers in school. They should be available for the child to
use at all times.
All inhalers should be clearly labelled with the child’s name Relief inhalers are commonly blue salbutamol (ventolin) and terbutaline (bricanyl) Two blue inhalers one to be kept at school and one at home should be requested from the doctor Preventative inhalers are commonly brown and are normally administered twice each day and it should not be necessary to have them in school There is a red and white preventative inhaler (Intal) which may require a lunchtime dose Some children may require a nebuliser for use in school and younger children may require assistance when using these Before taking part in PE of any type (including swimming) some children will need to use their relief inhaler. It must also be available throughout the lesson. If a child is severely asthmatic they should not be allowed to ‘wheeze’ for long before a parent/carer is contacted. (10 minutes max)

Children who are diabetic will each have individual needs and should a pupil have this
condition it is vital that all staff are aware and that there are consultations with the
parent/carer/doctor/diabetic nurse to ensure the child is cared for correctly. It is likely
that the child will need to take a blood sugar reading, each lunchtime and the school
should be aware of any issues with ‘sharps’. They will also need to have ‘snacks’
available for use particularly before physical activity. It should not prohibit the child
from any school activity.
Severe Allergic Reaction (Anaphylactic Shock)
It is essential that school is informed of any pupil in school where there is a history of
severe allergy to any substance. The most common in children and well known is to
peanuts. Should it be necessary staff would require training in the use of an epi-pen
from the appropriate person – school nurse, nurse in support of the family, doctor etc.
Without this resource any suspicion of anaphylactic shock should result in the immediate
call for an ambulance.
NB: An epi-pen contains adrenalin and will not do any harm if administered when not
strictly necessary.
This drug and other similar medication is prescribed for behaviour problems and any
administration should be agreed and logged carefully.
This Policy will be reviewed on a biennial basis.

Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School Medicine Administration Policy January 2013 Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School
Medicines Administration Form

I give permission for (name of person)
to administer the following medicine to my child.

Please sign and date for each day on which you wish your child to be
given the medication
Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School Medicine Administration Policy January 2013 Appendix 1
Policy and statement of arrangements for supporting children with medical

The governors, headteacher and staff of Hinchliffe Mill J & I School wish to ensure that
pupils with medical needs receive care and support in school. Pupils should not be
denied access to a broad and balanced curriculum simply because they are on
medication or need medical support, nor should they be denied access to school trips
We have adopted the ChYPS policy and guidance Supporting Children and Young People
with Medical Needs and outline below the detailed arrangements for implementing the
policy in Hinchliffe Mill J & I.
The headteacher will accept responsibility for members of staff giving or supervising
pupils taking prescribed medication or carrying out prescribed procedures during the
school day where those members of staff have volunteered to do so. She will ensure
that members of staff receive adequate information, instruction and training to ensure
their competency to carry out their roles safely and effectively.
The acceptance of this responsibility is within the context of the previously mentioned
policy. The Headteacher will consider, in each case, the nature of the medication to be
administered, any potential risks and all other relevant information before deciding in a
particular case that medicine can be administered. Where there is concern that the
child’s needs cannot be met, the Headteacher will seek further advice from medical
professionals and appropriate LA Officers.
The Headteacher will ensure that appropriate aspects of this policy/guidance are
communicated to all relevant parties including staff, parents, children and others.
1. Roles and responsibilites
Roles and responsibilities will be in accordance with the previously mentioned policy. We have set out school/specific roles/duties briefly below: a. The designated teacher/person with responsibility for children with medical To ensure that any medical needs are identified To produce a Health Care plan if required with support from appropriate bodies That appropriate procedures are put into place to manage those needs That records are kept of any interventions required b. Other staff members with specific duties are outlined below: The school bursar/administrator who will administer medicines and keep the appropriate records and permissions Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School Medicine Administration Policy January 2013 The arrangements and detailed procedures are set out in the main policy document. We have detailed the specific school/setting arrangements briefly below. Administration of:
Children with chronic or complex medical To be managed as appropriate with needs Employees’ training and record keeping arrangements, roles and responsibilities plans etc Off site activities and home to school transport Disposal, hygiene and infection control Further points
allergic reactions to be displayed in the office, kitchen and registers. that we are aware of any child who may not have sweets and all parents are aware that this might be a problem.
This appendix will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Or immediately on the admission of a child with complex medical needs or diagnosis of
such need in a current pupil.
Hinchliffe Mill Junior and Infant School Medicine Administration Policy January 2013


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