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 First Aid Policy 

 

Approved by: Sakhawat Ali Date:  25/09/2019
Last reviewed on: Sept 2019
Next review due by: Sept 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

  1. Aims…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
  2. Legislation and guidance………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
  3. Roles and responsibilities……………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
  4. First aid procedures……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
  5. First aid equipment………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
  6. Record-keeping and reporting……………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
  7. Training………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8
  8. Monitoring arrangements……………………………………………………………………………………………… 8
  9. Links with other policies………………………………………………………………………………………………… 9

Appendix 1: list of Appointed first aid persons…………………………………………………………………… 10

Appendix 2: accident report form…………………………………………………………………………………….. 11

Appendix 3: first aid training log………………………………………………………………………………………. 12

 

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1. Aims

The aims of our first aid policy are to:

  • Ensure the health and safety of all staff, pupils and visitors
  • Ensure that staff and governors are aware of their responsibilities with regards to health and safety
  • Provide a framework for responding to an incident and recording and reporting the outcomes

2. Legislation and guidance

This policy is based on the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, advice from the Department for Education on first aid in schools and health and safety in schools, and the following legislation:

3. Roles and responsibilities

3.1 Appointed person(s) and first aiders

The school’s appointed person(s) are:  Mariam Yousaf, Tanzeel Ahmed, Madeiha Mehboob, Maryam Manir, Khadeja Begum and Tamara Sulkiewicz.

They are responsible for:

  • Taking charge when someone is injured or becomes ill
  • Ensuring there is an adequate supply of medical materials in first aid kits, and replenishing the contents of these kits
  • Ensuring that an ambulance or other professional medical help is summoned when appropriate

First aiders are trained and qualified to carry out the role (see section 7) and are responsible for:

  • Acting as first responders to any incidents; they will assess the situation where there is an injured or ill person, and provide immediate and appropriate treatment
  • Sending pupils home to recover, where necessary
  • Filling in an accident report on the same day, or as soon as is reasonably practicable, after an incident (see the template in appendix 2)
  • Keeping their contact details up to date

Our school’s appointed person(s) and/or first aiders are listed in appendix 1. Their names will also be displayed prominently around the school.

3.2 The Proprietor

The Proprietor has ultimate responsibility for health and safety matters in the school, but delegates operational matters and day-to-day tasks to the headteacher and staff members.

 

3.4 The headteacher

The headteacher is responsible for the implementation of this policy, including:

  • Ensuring that an appropriate number of [appointed persons and/or trained first aid personnel] are present in the school at all times
  • Ensuring that first aiders have an appropriate qualification, keep training up to date and remain competent to perform their role
  • Ensuring all staff are aware of first aid procedures
  • Ensuring appropriate risk assessments are completed and appropriate measures are put in place
  • Undertaking, or ensuring that managers undertake, risk assessments, as appropriate, and that appropriate measures are put in place
  • Ensuring that adequate space is available for catering to the medical needs of pupils
  • Reporting specified incidents to the HSE when necessary (see section 6)

 

3.5 Staff

School staff are responsible for:

  • Ensuring they follow first aid procedures
  • Ensuring they know who the first aiders in school are
  • Completing accident reports (see appendix 2) for all incidents they attend to where a first aider/appointed person is not called.
  • Informing the headteacher or their manager of any specific health conditions or first aid needs

4. First aid procedures

4.1 In-school procedures

In the event of an accident resulting in injury:

  • The closest member of staff present will assess the seriousness of the injury and seek the assistance of a qualified first aider, if appropriate, who will provide the required first aid treatment
  • The first aider, if called, will assess the injury and decide if further assistance is needed from a colleague or the emergency services. They will remain on scene until help arrives
  • The first aider will also decide whether the injured person should be moved or placed in a recovery position
  • If the first aider judges that a pupil is too unwell to remain in school, parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child. Upon their arrival, the first aider will recommend next steps to the parents
  • If emergency services are called, the school office staff will contact parents immediately
  • The first aider/relevant member of staff will complete an accident report form on the same day or as soon as is reasonably practical after an incident resulting in an injury

 

4.2 Off-site procedures

When taking pupils off the school premises, staff will ensure they always have the following:

  • A school mobile phone
  • A portable first aid kit
  • Information about the specific medical needs of pupils
  • Parents’ contact details

Risk assessments will be completed by the trip co-ordinators prior to any educational visit that necessitates taking pupils off school premises.

There will always be at least one first aider with a current paediatric first aid certificate on school trips and visits, as required by the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

5. First aid equipment

A typical first aid kit in our school will include the following:

  • A leaflet with general first aid advice
  • Regular and large bandages
  • Eye pad bandages
  • Triangular bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Safety pins
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters of assorted sizes
  • Scissors
  • Cold compresses
  • Burns dressings

No medication is kept in first aid kits.

First aid kits are stored in:

  • The medical room
  • Reception (at the desk)
  • The school hall ( first floor)
  • Science labs ( first floor )
  • Room 1 ( first floor )
  • Nursery and Reception area ( basement )

6. Record-keeping and reporting

6.1 First aid and accident record book

  • An accident form will be completed by the first aider/relevant member of staff on the same day or as soon as possible after an incident resulting in an injury
  • As much detail as possible should be supplied when reporting an accident, including all of the information included in the accident form at appendix 2
  • A copy of the accident report form will also be added to the pupil’s educational record by the school office staff.
  • Records held in the first aid and accident book will be retained by the school for a minimum of 3 years, in accordance with regulation 25 of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979, and then securely disposed of

6.2 Reporting to the HSE

The school office staff  will keep a record of any accident which results in a reportable injury, disease, or dangerous occurrence as defined in the RIDDOR 2013 legislation (regulations 4, 5, 6 and 7).

The school office staff will report these to the Health and Safety Executive as soon as is reasonably practicable and in any event within 10 days of the incident.

Reportable injuries, diseases or dangerous occurrences include:

  • Death
  • Specified injuries, which are:
    • Fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes
    • Amputations
    • Any injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight
    • Any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs
    • Serious burns (including scalding)
    • Any scalping requiring hospital treatment
    • Any loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia
    • Any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness, or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
  • Injuries where an employee is away from work or unable to perform their normal work duties for more than 7 consecutive days (not including the day of the incident)
  • Where an accident leads to someone being taken to hospital
  • Near-miss events that do not result in an injury, but could have done. Examples of near-miss events relevant to schools include, but are not limited to:
    • The collapse or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment
    • The accidental release of a biological agent likely to cause severe human illness
    • The accidental release or escape of any substance that may cause a serious injury or damage to health
    • An electrical short circuit or overload causing a fire or explosion

Information on how to make a RIDDOR report is available here:

How to make a RIDDOR report, HSE
http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/report.htm

 

6.3 Notifying parents

The school office staff  will inform parents of any accident or injury sustained by a pupil, and any first aid treatment given, on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable.

6.4 Reporting to Ofsted and child protection agencies

The Headteacher will notify Ofsted of any serious accident, illness or injury to, or death of, a pupil while in the school’s care. This will happen as soon as is reasonably practicable, and no later than 14 days after the incident.

The Lead DSL  will also notify CASS / Birmingham Local Safeguarding Board of any serious accident or injury to, or the death of, a pupil while in the school’s care.

7. Training

All school staff are able to undertake first aid training if they would like to.

All first aiders must have completed a training course, and must hold a valid certificate of competence to show this. The school will keep a register of all trained first aiders, what training they have received and when this is valid until (see appendix 3).

Staff are encouraged to renew their first aid training when it is no longer valid.

At all times, at least 1 staff member will have a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate which meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework and is updated at least every 3 years.

8. Monitoring arrangements

This policy will be reviewed by the Headteacher every 2 years.

At every review, the policy will be approved by the Headteacher and Proprietor.

9. Links with other policies

This first aid policy is linked to the

  • Health and safety policy
  • Risk assessment policy
  • Policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions

 

Appendix 1: list of appointed person(s) for first aid and/or trained first aiders

 

Staff member’s name Role
Mariam Yousaf Whole School Responsibility
Tamara Sulkiewicz Early Years Pediatric
Khadeja Begum Early Years Pediatric
Maryam Manir KS2 First Aider
Tanzeel Ahmed Secondary First Aider
Madeiha Mehboob KS1 First Aider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 2: accident report form

 

Name of injured person   Role/class  
Date and time of incident Location of incident
Incident details
Describe in detail what happened, how it happened and what injuries the person incurred

 

 

 

 

Action taken
Describe the steps taken in response to the incident, including any first aid treatment, and what happened to the injured person immediately afterwards.

 

 

 

 

Follow-up action required
Outline what steps the school will take to check on the injured person, and what it will do to reduce the risk of the incident happening again

 

 

 

 

Name of person attending the incident
Signature Date

 

Appendix 3: first aid training log

 

Name/type of training Staff who attended (individual staff members or groups) Date attended Date for training to be updated (where applicable)
E.g. first aid
E.g. paediatric first aid
E.g. anaphylaxis

 

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