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St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School

Live, Love and Learn


Managing Medical Problems



Managing Medical Conditions



Mission Statement

Together as a faithful community we will live, love and learn so that we are a reflection of Jesus inspiring others to walk with us.





St. Peters is an inclusive, Catholic community that aims to support and welcome pupils with medical conditions. We aim to provide all pupils with all medical conditions the same opportunities as others at school and achieve this by ensuring that:


  • Peters staff understand their duty of care towards all children.
  • Peters staff understand their duty of care to children and young people in the event of an emergency.
  • All staff feel confident in knowing what to do in an emergency.
  • The school understands that certain medical conditions are serious and can be potentially life threatening, particularly if ill managed or misunderstood.
  • The school understands the importance of medication being taken as prescribed, for long term medical conditions.
  • All staff understand the common medical conditions that affect children at this school.
  • This school allows adequate time for staff to receive training on the impact medical conditions can have on pupils.
  • Staff receive additional training about any children they may be working with who have complex health needs supported by an Individual Health plan.




The Governing Body recognises that the Children and Families Act 2014 (Section 100) places a duty upon them to make arrangements for supporting children with medical conditions. The ultimate responsibility for the management of this policy in school is with the Governing Body and the Headteacher.


The SENCO will manage the policy on a day –to day basis and ensure all procedures and protocols are maintained.







When we are informed that a child with a specific medical condition will be joining our community we will work with parents and medical professionals to ensure we have specific protocols in place .This may take the form of information sharing, developing specific care plans, organising training, employing new staff or reorganising classroom facilities. We request medical information formally once a year and ask parents and carers to notify us immediately if a child develops a long term medical condition or a condition that requires management not normally provided.





If a child has a short term medical condition we ask parents to seek medical advice and inform the school of the outcomes of such advice and when necessary of the child’s absence. We ask parents to observe quarantine guidance after certain illnesses to minimise the risk of infection.








If a child has a registered medical condition that will last longer than 15 days we will make arrangements for the appropriate medication to be administered within school hours.


If a child has a short term illness such as a cold or eye /ear infection requiring short term antibiotic treatment, paracetemol or similar based medications, then these treatments should be administered at home. School staff will not administer medicines for these conditions.


General first aid treatments are given to the children by a member of our first aid team as the need arises. Staff may exercise a voluntary right to /not to administer non -emergency medication and this right might be selective on the type of medication needing to be administered. If medication is administered to a child it will be recorded


We ask parents and carers to notify us of any allergies a child may have ie: to plasters.




The main purpose of a health care plan is to identify the level of support that is needed at school for an individual child. The plan clarifies for staff, parent/carers and the child the help the school can provide and receive. These plans will be reviewed annually as a minimum or more frequently on request as required. The plan will include:


  • Details of the child’s condition
  • What constitutes an emergency
  • What action to take in an emergency
  • What not to do in the event of an emergency
  • Who to contact in an emergency
  • The role of staff
  • Special requirements-dietary needs etc


A copy will be given to parents, class teachers and appropriate support workers. A copy will be retained in the medical needs file in the office and the child’s individual file. The general medical information sheet given to all staff will indicate the child has a Health Care plan.


All trained staff will ensure they are aware of the protocols and procedures for specific pupils in school through attending training provided and reading care plans devised for individual children.




All classrooms have a first aid storage facility for inhalers for asthma control or care plan specified medication. All emergency medical supplies are stored in the medical room or in a fridge in the staffroom. The key for this is located in the room out of reach of children.

Pupils who need inhalers for asthma control or other similar conditions may store this in their tray in the classroom, carry it around school or take it with them on educational visits.

No child is allowed to have any non prescription drugs in school. This is to ensure that no child unwittingly gives his or her medication to another child.




When preparing risk assessments staff will consider any reasonable adjustments they might make to enable a child with medical needs to participate fully and safely on visits.

Additional safety measures may need to be taken for outside visits and it may be that an additional staff member, a parent/carer or other volunteer might be needed to accompany a particular child. Arrangements for taking any medicines will need to be planned as part of the risk assessment and visit planning process. A copy or the health care plan should be taken on trips and visits in the event of information being needed in an emergency.

Contact and medical details for all children are taken on school visits.





We contact outside agencies to seek advice in the management of this policy. Such agencies are:


  • School health service
  • Medical specialists relating to a child
  • Social services
  • SEN advisory team
  • SEN assessment team
  • Educational psychology team
  • Parent/carers groups and groups recommended by them





This policy will be monitored yearly and updated when necessary to ensure new legislation is incorporated. Staff will regularly receive opportunities to discuss and evaluate the management of the procedures and protocols in school.


A copy of the policy is available on our website and a hard copy may be requested from the school office.


























SIGNED;________________________________________Mr T DOYLE (Chair of Governors)




                                                     ST PETERS RC PRIMARY










Health Care Plan


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