Medical awareness sessions for teaching staff
Parents of children with medical conditions are often concerned that their child’s health will deteriorate when they attend school. This is because pupils with long-term and complex medical conditions may require ongoing support, medicines or care while at school to help them manage their condition and keep them well.
Others may require monitoring and interventions in emergency circumstances. It is also the case that children’s health needs may change over time, in ways that cannot always be predicted, sometimes resulting in extended absences.
It is therefore important that parents feel confident that schools will provide effective support for their child’s medical condition and that pupils feel safe. In making decisions about the support they provide, schools should establish relationships with relevant local health services to help them. It is crucial that schools receive and fully consider advice from healthcare professionals and listen to and value the views of parents and pupils.
Ref: Department for Education (December 2015) -Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions, Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England.
Advantages of good management of conditions include:
- Improved school attendance
- Minimised risk and reduce disruption to the child
- Limiting impact on child’s educational attainment
- Reducing risk of isolation from peers
- Child can enjoy full access to education, including school trips
- Supports schools with OFSTED’s expectation that schools should meet the needs of the full range of pupils including those with medical conditions
The Public Health School Nursing Service offer medical awareness sessions for teaching staff to access, these are provided free and hosted in various schools around the county.
The sessions cover asthma, anaphylaxis and epilepsy and provide valuable information, advice and guidance to school staff, to support children with these medical conditions at school.
Teaching staff are welcome to attend any session within the county once their booking has been confirmed. Contact details for each locality can be found here.
Session calendar 2019/20
Medical Awareness sessions are held at various schools throughout the year.
Wednesday 5 February 2020: Rowanfield Junior School, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham GL51 8HY, 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 3 June 2020: Oakwood School, Cotswold Road, Cheltenham GL52 5HD, 3.30-5pm
Wednesday 18 March 2020: Lakefield Primary School, Lake Lane, Frampton on Severn, Gloucester GL2 7HG, 4-5pm
Wednesday 8 July 2020: Maidenhill Secondary School, King’s Road, Stonehouse GL10 2HA, 4-5pm
Friday 7 February 2020: North Cotswolds Hospital, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0DS, 3.30-4.30pm
Tuesday 17 March 2020: Farmor’s School, Fairford GL7 4JQ, 3.45-4.45pm
Forest of Dean
Wednesday 26 February 2020: Dilke Hospital, Speech House Road, Cinderford GL14 3HX, 12.30-1.30pm
Wednesday 20 May 2020: Stonebury Building, Opposite Stonebury Day Hospital, 22 Grove Road, Lydney GL15 5JE, 3.30-4.30pm
Wednesday 18 March 2020: TBA, 3.30-4.30pm
Tuesday 23 June 2020: Ribston Hall High School, Stroud Road, Gloucester GL1 5LE, 4.00-5.30pm