Since September 2014, it is a legal requirement that all pupils with a medical condition or have medication administered in school, have an annually reviewed Individual Health Care Plan in school.
This can include medical needs or conditions such as:
If your child has a medical condition, please contact the school to speak with Mrs Firth and arrange a meeting to draw up a plan. This is vital in ensuring that your child receives the care and attention that they need. All pupils on the current list need to have their IHCP updated; this will happen this term.
A key part of this is also ensuring that all medications, such as inhalers, are in date and ready for use. Please check that your child’s inhaler is in date. If you are in doubt about this, please check with your child’s teacher or Mrs Firth.
In addition to this, all parents will now be asked to sign consent for their child to be on the emergency inhaler list, whether they have asthma or not. It is impossible to predict if a pupil could have an asthma attack, therefore it is now advised that all pupils are given consent.
This is also the case for the use of an epipen and the defibrillator. New legislation from October 2017 allows schools to purchase and use adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) without prescription on a child at risk of anaphylaxis. Parents will be asked to complete these forms this term.
There are also occasions when children have ‘accidents’ in school. If your child has specific needs in regards to using the toilet, they need to have an Intimate Care Plan in school. This ensures that the adults in school are fully aware of your child’s needs and how they can best support them.
All medication that you wish to be administered in school must be delivered to the school office by an adult. Pain relief can be administered by school if you bring it to the school office – it does not need to be a prescribed medicine, it can be bought by parents.
Please take a look at the policies section of our website to view our asthma and medical conditions policy.
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