Health and Wellbeing at school
We have a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nurse) provided by the local Area Health Authority to promote health and prevent ill health. The SCPHN has an office within the school and is always contactable by members of staff for advice and support where required if she is working off-site. The nurse is not a first-aider but is there to offer confidential health and welfare advice. The SCPHN supports the wellbeing of learners and provides guidance and support to enable learners to access school and appropriate health and wellbeing provision fully.
The Health Authorities arrange for regular medical inspections and immunisations routinely throughout a learner's time at school. Parents/guardians receive information about immunisations prior to the date.
Emergency First-Aid or Illness during the School Day
A learner who is unwell or injured should (where possible) go to the main office where a member of staff will decide what action is required. This could include giving initial treatment or advice, contacting a first-aider if further medical attention is required, sending the learner home or for emergency treatment, if necessary. Office members of staff (or where passed on, the first-aider) will complete a record of the incident. If necessary, they will make contact with parents/guardians and learners may be taken home.
If the learner is unable to get to the main office, the nearest member of staff should contact the main office who will arrange for a first-aider to go to the learner to assess the need for action. This may involve administering first-aid or making contact with the emergency services.
The first-aider deals with injuries and parents are, of course, advised when necessary. It is essential that the school can contact a parent/guardian or authorised adult quickly in an emergency. Parents/guardians should please ensure that the school has two emergency contact numbers and that the school office is informed immediately if these numbers are changed.
The first-aider may judge that the health needs of a sick learner would be better served at home. In these circumstances, the school will contact a parent/guardian to arrange for him or her to collect the learner.
It is important that the school is aware of any medical condition that a learner has which may affect him/her in school. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the school is aware of such needs.
The information is kept and is confidential within the school. It is essential that the information is kept updated and parents/guardians are asked to inform the school in writing, by telephone or in person, if there are any changes over the years. The school’s Individual Healthcare Plan Coordinator (Miss Amie Hibbert) should be contacted regarding any medical information.
If a learner needs medication during school time for a short-term illness, parents/guardians will need to complete the necessary form ‘Parent/Carer Consent for School to Administer Medication to a Learner’. This is available by contacting the school office or in Appendix 2 of the school’s ‘Managing Healthcare Needs Policy’ in the policies section of the school website. The completed form and the medication (in its original container) should be brought to school labelled with the learner's name and form class.
By exception, there might be occasions when medication is required unexpectedly during the school day. In this eventuality, as long as written consent is received, this can be given e.g. consent via email and appendix 2 of the above policy must be completed and returned to school as soon as possible.Long-term or Rescue
If a learner is in need of regular medication because if a long-term health issue, an Individual Healthcare Plan may be required, in line with the Welsh Government Guidance on ‘Supporting Learners with Healthcare Needs’. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the school is aware of such needs. Where this is indicated, the school’s Individual Healthcare Plan Coordinator (IHCP) will liaise with families and the relevant professionals to determine where an IHP is required to ensure that the school can support the learner’s healthcare needs. Inhalers for asthma should be kept on the learner at all times and they must be clearly labelled with the learner's name and form. A second inhaler should be kept in the Access department for emergency use.
Parents are responsible for ensuring that all medicines are supplied to the school and are within their effective date.
First Aid Equipment
This always accompanies school trips for use in emergencies. Parents should ensure that teachers taking learners out of school are informed in writing about any special medical conditions on the Form B. First Aid equipment is also to be found in key areas around the school.
To protect the health of learners we have school rules which forbid smoking (including e-cigarettes), alcoholic drinks and drugs on the school premises. Aerosols of all types and solvent-based adhesives and correction fluid are banned and will be confiscated. The rule extends to the vicinity of the school and to occasions when learners are under the jurisdiction of the school. This includes travelling to school and going home after school as well as school trips at home and abroad. In serious cases the police will be involved. Knives and other sharp implements as well as other weapons may not be brought to school.