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First Aid Policy

FIRST AID POLICY

Governor :   Health and safety Sub-committee

Governor Implementation Check. Date: Feb 2017

Governor Implementation Check EYFS Date: Feb 2017

 

Policy Review by Governors Date:  Feb 2017

  

Date of next Implementation review: Feb 2018

 

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STEEPHILL SCHOOL

 

First Aid Policy

including EYFS, Main School and Before and After School Care

 

The first aid policy forms part of the Health and Safety Policy for the school including EYFS, in line with first aid regulations dated August 2000 and updated February 2014. This policy also follows guidelines set out under HASPEV (Health and Safety for Pupils on Educational Visits ) amended 2014 and for pupils with medical needs as outlined in the Children and families Act 2014. There is at least one nominated person responsible for delivering First Aid on site during the hours 7.00am to 5.30pm.

 

Caroline Birtwell, Headteacher has overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy. She works together with the Bursar and the School Secretary to ensure that staff are suitably trained, to ensure all staff are aware of medical conditions, their treatment and emergency procedures if appropriate, briefing supply teachers, arranging first aid/medical cover, that all healthcare plans are monitored, liaison with parents for updating information, risk assessment for those with medical conditions outside of the normal school day or environment.

 

First Aid Training is regularly updated by attending courses every three years with St Johns Ambulance and Pulse both recognised by The HSE and of a high standard. Also the number of staff with training is significantly higher than required allowing for cover at all times. There is always at least one appropriately trained staff member on the premises when children are present. Training for specific medical needs is undertaken as needed. Staff are trained to be aware of all children’s medical needs and a register is updated regularly and sent out to all staff. Briefing on an individual’s needs takes place at regular staff meetings. Staff are aware that the responsibility of every child’s health is with everyone.

 

Minor complaints are dealt with in the first instance by the adult on duty.  In class time this will be the teacher and at break-times this will mean the duty supervisor.  Supervisors and teachers on duty are expected to attend to the majority of incidents in the playground. First Aid boxes can be located easily by any adult in any part of the School.

 

If the injury or complaint needs assessing the child is sent to the main office, accompanied by one other child or adult as appropriate (e.g. in EYFS).  First Aid can then be administered, if necessary, or a quiet place given for recovery.

 

Should the complaint be considered an emergency, help should be sent for to the Office and a First Aider will come directly to the child concerned.

 

In case of any illness or injury parents are notified by text and or by email together with any action taken or needed. Procedure for this is communicated to parents via the information booklets.

 

Medicines

Medicines need a letter from a parent or guardian stating dosage.  The medicine is stored in the fridge or First Aid Box and administered by the Office staff.  Each dose is recorded in the Medicines Book. Any medicines administered will be confirmed by text that day.

 

Location of First Aid Boxes

The main kit is in the office.

One in each mini bus.

The Pre-School

Class Lower 1 (annexe)

Class 11

Class I11

Class V1

Art Room

Three mobile bags are used by lunch time supervisors which are kept in the hall.

For use by teachers during lessons there will be one box in each area of the school; every teacher should be aware of their location and contents.

First Aid kits are checked at the beginning of each term by the office staff for their quality and dates.

First Aid boxes are also kept in the main Office for use on school outings and trips.  A First Aid kit must be taken on any excursion.

In each box there will be a list of children who need special awareness, such as asthma sufferers or allergies to peanuts etc. and also an instruction sheet giving emergency procedures whilst awaiting the arrival of a First Aider.

 

Cover for First Aid 2015/16

 

Name

Type

Staff Category

Retraining date

Gail Brimsted

 

Ancillary staff

22.04.2017

Paula Browne

Paediatric

Teaching staff

02.12.2019

Julie Churcher        

Paediatric

Teaching staff

16.01.2020

Louisa Clinch

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Barbara Collins

 

Kitchen Staff

30.08.2019

Kay Crowley

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Diedo Andrew

Paediatric

 

09.07.2018

Sarah Fenning

 

Teaching Staff

12.06.2017

Wayne Fuller  

 

Maintenance

30.08.2019

Tracey Goodwin

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Tara Hackett

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2018

Thomas   

Francis Hackett

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Abbi Clarke     

Paediatric

Teaching staff

14.05.2018

Lucy Harvey

 

Teaching staff

22.04.2017

Richard Johnson

 

 

30.08.2019

Leanne King

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Elizabeth Knight

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Amanda Latter     

Paediatric

 

22.03.2019

Elaine Leslie

Paediatric

 

16.01.2020

Susan Light

Paediatric

Teaching staff

11.02.2018

Barbara McColm

 

Kitchen staff

30.08.2019

Clare Nicholls

Paediatric

Ancillary staff

02.11.2019

Lisa Owens

 

Kitchen staff

30.08.2019

Paula Ray

 

Ancillary staff

30.08.2019

Louise Richardson

 

Kitchen staff

22.04.2017

Andrew Rushby

 

Teaching staff

12.06.2019

Anne Saul

 

Teaching staff

22.04.2017

Maria Smith

 

Kitchen staff

22.04.2017

Jacqueline Swaffer

 

Teaching staff

22.04.2017

Maureen Shepherd

Paediatric

Teaching staff

19.03.2018

Clare Tucker

 

Bursar

22.04.2017

 

 

 

 

 

Children under 5 are required to have a paediatric first aider on duty and it is ensured that one of the above is always available during the hours of 8.00am to 4.30pm.  A paediatric first aider is always on a school trip which includes anyone under 5 years old.

 

In case of an injury to the head a text is sent to the parents and an entry made in the First Aid Book. An entry is also made on the Engage Daybook.  If a child is treated for an injury other than minor scratches etc the incident has to be recorded in the First Aid book and Engage Daybook.  Any major accident may be recorded in the official accident book.  For any major accidents involving a Pre-School pupil Ofsted will be informed.  They will also be notified of any communicable diseases as defined by the Health Protection Agency.

 

Medical Room

If a child or adult needs a place to lie down whilst awaiting an ambulance or other collection, then they should be taken to the Pre-School cloakroom.  A foldaway bed is available there, together with access to a toilet and basin.  The Pre-School class should vacate the room and a qualified first-aider will attend to the patient.

 

Epipen

A list of children vulnerable to allergic reactions is kept in the first aid boxes, the office and on the child’s file.  If a child is prescribed an Epipen an individual emergency pack containing their relevant medical details and two Epipens will be kept in the office.  There are 21members of staff that are trained in the use of Epipens.  This training is renewed annually and the last training undertaken May 2016.

 

Hygiene Procedures for disposal of bodily fluids

Sick bags and ‘bodily fluid bags’ are kept in the School Office together with the first aid kits.  The sawdust for sickness is also in the Office with ample supplies kept as back up in the Storage Shed.  Disposal of used items are in the sealed yellow bins.  All staff dealing with any bodily fluids must wear gloves and wash their hands afterwards.  The gloves should be put into sealed bags before disposal in the yellow bins.

 

In case of a child needing medicine during the School day

Any medicine needs a letter from a parent or guardian stating dosage.  This letter will then be countersigned by the Bursar.  The medicine is stored on the top shelf of the fridge or the office and is administered by the First Aider in the office or the Bursar.  Each dose should be recorded in the Medicines Book.

 

Allergies and other medical conditions

A register of children with allergies and other medical conditions is kept and updated every term or when new information is added.  This register is distributed to all members of staff including the kitchen staff.

The kitchen staff take great care in preparation of food to ensure no child is exposed to a possible allergen.  In case of severe allergic reactions to a particular food (notably kiwi and sesame) children are asked not to include this food in packed lunches when they are required for school trips.

 

Asthma

Children with asthma must have an inhaler in School.  This is kept in the lockable cupboard in the Office together with the instructions and dosage for each child. Year V & VI children can self- medicate and may carry an inhaler in their pocket, especially when out of school or performing strenuous activities. If a child has an asthma attack they should be accompanied to the Office immediately. They should be sat down quietly and given the correct dosage which is recorded in the medical book.  If the attack is mild then the child can resume normal activities but the parent should be informed and encouraged to inform their doctor. 

Should the attack be more serious then an ambulance is called immediately.

 

Emergency procedures

Where a first aider has cause for concern over a child’s immediate welfare the parents are normally contacted.  If they are unable to collect the child in a period deemed appropriate by the First aider then an ambulance should be called.  A member of staff must accompany the child if no parent is available.  Examples may be broken bones, asthma or allergen attack.

In some circumstances the injury/condition may be deemed so severe that an ambulance should be called immediately.  The parents must be informed at once and a member of staff accompany unless the parent has arrived.  Examples may be broken neck or very severe asthma/allergen attack

 

RIDDOR

 

The School is aware of its responsibility to inform the Health and Safety Executive of any incidents which fall under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

 

Medical Conditions and Individual Healthcare Plans

 

The Healthcare Plans are kept in the School office together with any relevant equipment or medication.

Healthcare plans need to include:

Medical condition and triggers, signs, symptoms and treatment

Medication and dosage and level of support needed for administration

Special consideration that may need to be given, e.g. travel, time, diet etc

Support for social and emotional needs

Named person giving support and cover arrangements

Named staff who need to be aware of needs

Training required for specific medical need

Written permission from parents for administering medicines

Procedures for out of school activities or school trips

Confidentiality issues if appropriate

Emergency contact arrangements

Emergency procedures

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