SAPHNA partner with EduCare to launch Administration of Medication in Schools training course

EduCare, safeguarding and duty-of-care training specialists, has launched its Administration of Medication in Schools training course.

Developed in partnership with the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA), and containing both statutory and non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education’s ‘supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’ guidelines, the course provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the principles of safe practice in administering medication.

Dawn Jotham, EduCare’s Product Development Lead for Education, explained the necessity and timeliness of the course:
“At some point in their education, many children will have a short or long-term medical condition that will require them to take medication. Neither medical conditions nor medicine should inhibit students’ learning so it is essential that schools have effective policies and procedures in place for the safe administration of medication.”

“Additionally, with recent budget cuts reducing the investment in school nurses, it is more important than ever that education practitioners are appropriately trained in medication administration. Working closely with SAPHNA, we have developed a course that not only provides up-to-date training but also empowers teachers and school staff to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment.”

Sharon White OBE, chief executive of SAPHNA added:
“SAPHNA welcome this much needed on-line training course to support those working with children and young people with their medication needs whilst in education. This will promote safer practice for all.”

This course is the start of an exciting partnership between EduCare and SAPHNA who have plans to strengthen the provision of health care in schools by delivering four subsequent short courses on specific health issues including: diabetes, and epilepsy, asthma and inhalers, and anaphylaxis and EpiPens/auto-adrenaline injectors.

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