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Medicines management: I am considering working in a boarding school. Do you have any advice?

Nurses in independent schools have huge medicines management responsibilities, but this can be a highly rewarding role, says Matt Griffiths. 
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Nurses in independent schools have huge medicines management responsibilities, but this can be a highly rewarding role, says Matt Griffiths

Ofsted inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, including boarding facilities. Medication management is an integral part of this service, and robust systems must be in place to pass inspection.

You need to consider issues such as how medicines are dispensed, administered and stored within the establishment, risk assessments, identifying which pupils can manage their own medicines and the individual health needs of boarders, so that care plans can be put in place for children with specific needs.

Staff involved in the care of pupils with ongoing health needs will require quality information and training about any emergency care they may be required to give, such as administering

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