POLICY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION IN SCHOOL

1. The Governors and staff of Weedon Bec Primary School wish to ensure that pupils with medical needs
receive proper care and support at school. The Headteacher will accept responsibility in principle for
members of the school staff giving or supervising pupils taking prescribed medication during the school
day, where those members of staff have volunteered to do so.

2. Any parent/carer requesting the administration of medication should be given a copy of the school’s
policy.

3. Medication will only be accepted in school if it has been prescribed by a doctor. The school will inform
the school nurse of any pupil, who has been prescribed a controlled medication e.g. Methylphenidate
(e.g. Ritalin, Equasym). Controlled drugs are subject to the prescription requirements of Drug
Regulations. The prescribing doctor is responsible for informing the patient when a drug belongs to
this group. They are most unlikely to be prescribed to children at school except Methylphenidate (e.g.
Ritalin, Equasym)

4. Medication will not be accepted anywhere in school without complete written and signed instructions
from parent/carer.

5. Only reasonable quantities of medication should be supplied to the school/setting by a responsible
person (no more than one week’s supply) and recorded in the Medication Administration Records File.

6. Each item of medication must be delivered in its original container and handed directly to the
Headteacher or to a nominated person authorised by the Headteacher (Mrs de la Fuente, Mrs Sturt or
Miss Withers).

7. Each item of medication must be clearly labelled with the following information:
  • Pupil’s name
  • Name of medication
  • Dosage
  • Frequency of dosage
  • Date of dispensing
  • Storage requirements (if important)
  • Expiry date (if available)

8. The school will not accept items of medication which are in unlabelled containers.

9. Unless otherwise indicated all medication to be administered in school will be kept in a designated
clearly identified cupboard or staff room fridge (other than asthma inhalers which pupils may keep in the
classroom).

10. The school may provide parents/carers with details of when medication has or has not been
administered to their child.

11. Where it is appropriate to do so, pupils will be encouraged to administer their own asthma inhaler,
if necessary under staff supervision. Parents/carers will be asked to confirm in writing if they wish
their child to carry their asthma inhaler with them in school. (Please see school Asthma Policy, under
development May 2010)

12. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to notify the school if there is a change in medication, a change in
dosage requirements, or the discontinuation of the pupil’s need for medication.

13. The school will make every effort to continue the administration of medication to a pupil whilst on trips
away from the school premises, even if additional arrangements might be required. Separate, formally
agreed arrangements are acceptable on educational visits that involve an on over-night stay. However,
there may be occasions when it may not be possible to include a pupil on a school trip if appropriate
supervision cannot be guaranteed.

14. Only nominated staff members can administer medicine, should there be no nominated staff on site then
it is the responsibility of parents to come into school to administer the medicine themselves.

Nominated staff:

Mrs de la Fuente
Mrs Sturt
Miss Withers

Signed…………………………………………………………….. ……………                Date..........................
Chair of Buildings, Health and Safety Committee


Signed…………………………………………………………………………...                Date..........................
Chair of Governing Body

History of Medicine in School Policy:

Date of last review:                                November 2011

Date of previous review:                         May 2010
Date of prior review:                              March 2007;
Origin of policy:                                    LA guidance policy

Updates applied in November 2011:
Miss Withers added as a nominated member of staff

Updates applied in May 2010:
Updated to reflect current practise – storage in unlocked medicine cabinet or fridge; asthma inhalers self
administered by pupils where appropriate. Staff do not receive training for administration of medicine –
this section removed.
Revised medicine forms for pupils and general tightening up or procedure so that only named individuals
can administer medicines.
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