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RBWM School Nursing Service

Medical Needs (School Nursing)

The Department of Health and the Department for Education have established guidelines for all schools.  Any child who has a medical condition should know they have a good support network at school in case of a medical emergency.  

The school nursing team will seek advice from and signpost schools and parents to The Health Conditions in School Alliance (opens a new window). This is an online site which is made of over 30 organisations, including charities, healthcare professionals and trade unions who work collaboratively to make sure children with health conditions get the care they need in school. 

Below are some links to websites of the most prevalent medical conditions in schools:

Parent and Carers

Parents sometimes fear that school staff would not know what to do if a child had an epileptic seizure or asthma attack. It is vital that certain staff members have been appropriately trained to handle medicines in emergencies, as these emergencies can be life threatening. This includes schools having access to your child's medication, such as inhalers and adrenaline auto-injectors.

As a parent or carer of a child or young person with a medical condition, it is important to ensure that as much information as possible is shared with the appropriate school staff. School nurses are happy to liaise and guide schools in managing your child’s needs and can assist with the development of individualised health care plans. It is your responsibility to ensure that all medication required is in date and properly labelled.

Training for schools

 

Who should attend this training

New members of school staff who have not attended a full basic awareness training session before.

Not every member of school staff needs to attend. Schools should choose the most suitable members of staff to be trained to ensure there is adequate staff trained in the event of an emergency. Schools should consider off-site activities when deciding who should attend. The school is responsible for ensuring that the training is in line with the school’s indemnity insurance.

Specialist training

If you require specialist training in the administration of Buccal Midazolam/Buccolam (emergency medication for children with Epilepsy) please contact The School Nursing team on school.nursing@achievingforchildren.org.uk to request "in school" training (No more than 10 members of staff).

Booking training

Book online: Basic awareness session in Severe Allergic Reaction, Asthma and Epilepsy for School Staff (Windsor and Maidenhead)

or email training@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Cancelling or non attendance

If anyone is unable to attend training they have booked, please contact the school nursing office as soon as possible.

Schools will be charged £75 per participant for no-shows where a booking has been made and less than 24 hours notice of cancellation is given.

Who should attend this training

Staff within school settings who have already attended a full session (described above) run by the school nursing team. 

The School Nursing Team has developed an e-learning course specifically for staff within school settings who have already attended a full session run by the school nursing team. This course aims to provide staff working within schools with refreshed knowledge of basic awareness in Asthma, Epilepsy and Severe Allergic Reaction (including administration of auto-injector pens). The delegate will refresh their knowledge of basic understanding of Asthma, Epilepsy and Severe Allergic Reactions and how these can be managed in the school setting as well as off-site and residential activities

Booking training

Once a booking has been submitted for this course on AfC CPD, delegates will receive an email with user details from ME Learning. These user details will allow delegates to access the eLearning: Refresher course in Severe Allergic Reaction, Asthma and Epilepsy for School Staff (Windsor and Maidenhead).

Each module takes around 20 minutes to complete and can be done as and when suits the staff member. 

Book online: Refresher course in Severe Allergic Reaction, Asthma and Epilepsy for School Staff (Windsor and Maidenhead)