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Health Related Issues and Infection Control

Supporting children with medical needs

This model policy, provided by Walsall Council and Walsall CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) has been produced to assist schools in developing a policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions, as required the Department for Education statutory guidance

Sections set out in red text should be edited to make them appropriate for your school or deleted if not applicable.

Model Supporting Children with Medical Needs Policy

 

Ebola guidance for schools

Public Health England have produced the attached information and guidance about Ebola infection for schools and nurseries. Can you ensure that your staff are aware of the guidance.

Ebola: advice and risk assessment for educational, early years, childcare and young persons’ settings (PDF 454 KB)

If you have any queries please contact our Public Health colleagues on 01922 653736.

 

Infection control in schools and other childcare facilities

Public Health England has produced guidance on Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities, which includes advice on infection control – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities 

In addition, the health & safety team has produced a list of useful infection control contacts that schools/centres may find useful.

Infection Control – contacts – Sep 2014 (Word 434 KB)

 

Seasonal flu campaign

Our colleagues at NHS Walsall have asked us to distribute the attached leaflet – “A parent’s guide to seasonal flu vaccination” to schools.

The leaflet is aimed at children with chronic medical conditions, who may be at particular risk from flu, and is designed to encourage their parents to take them to their GP for vaccination.

Every school will be sent a copy for information, and special schools will receive a copy for each child at risk. If you require additional copies, please contact the health & safety team, or print off the attached leaflet.

 

Measles and whooping cough update

Our Health Protection Agency colleagues have asked us to publicise the latest edition of their schools’ newsletter, attached, which highlights issues around a national increase in cases of measles and whooping cough.

Measles and whooping cough HPA Newsletter (Oct 12) (pf 204KB)

 

Infection control – handwashing

Links to handwashing resources from the Health Protection Agency, including eBug.

Handwashing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting, and respiratory disease.
This link takes you to resources, including eBug, provided by the the Health Protection Agency (HPA) that can be used to help improve handwashing and cut down on infection in school.

 

Meningitis

Our public health colleagues have asked us to make the attached leaflet on meningitis available to schools.

MN_Meningitis_can_affect_anyone (PDF 2 MB)

 

Healthy Child Programme/School Nursing – contact detail

Walsall Healthcare has produced the two attached leaflets detailing general and school nursing contact details across Walsall.

Healthy Child Programme – School Nursing Contact Information (PDF 519KB)

Healthy Child Programme – Contact Information (PDF 423KB)

 

Needlestick and sharps

Schools and children’s centres should have appropriate procedures in place to deal with needlestick injuries. This guidance sets out best practice to avoid injury from needlesticks and also gives general advice about other injuries from “sharps” that may occur in school. It includes model risk assessments for dealing with discarded needles.

Needlestick and sharps July 2012 (PDF 183KB)

 

Winter infections in children: Information for parents

Schools with high levels of flu or other seasonal infections may wish to send a copy of the HPA leaflet on winter infections to parents.

As always, the message stresses good hygiene and Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

Winter Infections in Children: An Information Leaflet for Parents (PDF 126KB)

 

Norovirus: Resources for staff in schools & nurseries

Norovirus Toolkit: A set of resources for staff in schools and nurseries

Norovirus in Schools (1.71MB)

 

Asthma – policy Guidelines/asthma friendly schools

The attached document, produced by Asthma UK, is provided to assist schools in developing a school asthma policy.

In addition, information on accreditation for Asthma Friendly Schools is available.

Asthma – school policy guidelines (PDF 656KB)

 

Heatwave Planning and sun protection

Schools may find the following links on Heatwave Planning and Sun Protection Policies, provided by our health colleagues, useful.

Health Protection Agency advice on Looking After Schoolchildren During Heatwaves click here

Cancer Research UK’s advice on Sun Protection School Policy Guidelines click here