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RPS in Scotland responds to Scottish Government consultation on healthcare in schools

The RPS in Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Government consultation on Healthcare Needs in Schools (HNIS).  The consultation was seeking views on the draft guidance on healthcare in schools in Scotland which will support health boards, education authorities and schools in the delivery of healthcare to pupils who need support.

In its response, RPS in Scotland emphasises that pharmacists have a role to play as part of the wider primary care team and that any medicines queries by school staff and parents on both prescribed and bought medicines should be directed to a pharmacist.

We have made the following key comments for consideration by the Scottish Government:

  • The importance of providing appropriate and timely access to medicines for children in the school setting needs to be prominently emphasised.
  • It is important to consider the role of schools in preventing substance misuse and in being aware of how to approach situations involving controlled drugs or psychoactive substances.
  • Pharmacists should have greater involvement in school healthcare teams as members of the local primary care team and be referred to as an important resource for advice.
  • We welcome the inclusion of information on asthma and inhalers in schools and as the majority of asthma deaths are preventable and good adherence to treatment is an important aspect of this.

Interim director for Scotland, Aileen Bryson, said: “Our consultation response highlights that in order to provide the best possible care for children and young persons, schools must include local pharmacists in their healthcare teams and use the expertise of pharmacists to inform their medicines policies and procedures.”

You can read the full text of the Consultation on Guidance on Healthcare Needs in Schools on the Scottish Government website.

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