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Managing Medicines Policy

This guidance has been produced by North Tyneside Council to ensure schools comply with current guidance relating to their duty of care to pupils, specifically in relation to the management and administering chiefly of prescribed medication

The contents are commensurate with the DfE; Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (published December 2015).

N.B. Heads and Governors should be aware that from the 1st September 2014 section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014 placed the statutory duty on governing bodies (rather than Local Authorities) to ensure that arrangements are in place to support pupils with medical conditions whilst they are at school.

Under the regulation the appropriate authority for a school means;

  • In the case of a maintained school; the Governing Body (a maintained school is defined as;
    • A community, foundation or voluntary school within the meaning of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998
    • A community or foundation special school, within the meaning of that Act.
  • In the case of an academy, the Proprietor
  • In the case of a pupil referral unit, the Management Committee

The documentation enclosed should be used by schools and other settings to help develop relevant policies, protocols and effective management systems to ensure the individual establishment operates within relevant legal frameworks and ensure staff administering medicines is provided with appropriate training and support.

Most children will at some time have medical needs that require a course of medication. Such needs may entail:

  • Short term medication (e.g. antibiotics)
  • Longer term medication (e.g. for epilepsy)
  • Emergency medication (e.g. severe allergic reactions)

It is expected that most children with such medical needs will attend a school or other setting regularly and take part in normal activities. Positive responses to a child’s medical needs will not only benefit the child directly, but can also positively influence the attitude of his/her peers.

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