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Uffington CE School
Policy and procedures for administering medicines
While it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home until
they are well enough to return to school, we will agree to administer
‘emergency’ medication as part of maintaining their health and well-being.
For example, use of an Epipen or Ventolin inhaler.
As far as possible, administering medicines will only be done where it would
be detrimental to the child’s health if not given immediately in the school.
The Headteacher is responsible for organising the correct administration of
medication. This includes ensuring that parent consent forms have been
completed, that medicines are stored correctly and that records are kept
• Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend
• Only prescribed medication is administered. It must be in-date and
• Children's prescribed medicines are stored in their original containers, are
clearly labelled and are inaccessible to the children, where appropriate.
• Parents give prior written permission for the administration of medication.
The staff receiving the medication must ask the parent to sign a consent
form stating the following information. No medication may be given without
how the medication should be stored and the expiry date;
any possible side-effects that may be expected should be noted; and
signature, printed name of parent and date.
• All medication is stored safely in a locked cupboard or refrigerated.
• If the administration of prescribed medication requires medical knowledge,
individual training is provided for the relevant member of staff by a health
• If rectal diazepam is given two members of staff must be present.
Children who have long term medical conditions and who may require
A risk assessment is carried out for each child with long term medical
conditions that require ongoing medication.
For some medical conditions key staff will need to have training in a basic
understanding of the condition as well as how the medication is to be
administered correctly. The training needs for staff is part of the risk
A health care plan for the child is drawn up with the parent which should
include the measures to be taken in an emergency.
The plan also includes arrangements for taking medicines on outings, and
the child’s GP’s advice is sought if necessary where there are concerns.
The health care plan is reviewed annually or more often if necessary. This
includes reviewing the medication, e.g. changes to the medication or the
Parents receive and sign a copy of the health care plan.
Managing medicines on trips and outings
If children are going on outings, staff accompanying the children must
include a member of staff who is fully informed about the child’s needs
Medication for a child is taken in a secure container clearly labelled with
the child’s name and the name of the medication.
If a child on medication has to be taken to hospital, the child’s medication
is taken in a secure container clearly labelled with the child’s name and the
As a precaution, children should not eat when travelling in vehicles.
This procedure is read alongside the outings procedure.
This policy is supported by, and should be considered alongside, other
specific policies as necessary, eg the school’s Asthma Policy.
This policy was reviewed and updated on 6th January 2012 by:
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