Individual Health Care Plans

The Children and Families Act (2014) Section 100 places a duty on governing bodies of maintained schools, proprietors of academies and management committees of Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) to make arrangements for supporting children with medical conditions (DfE, 2015).   Every school must have a medical policy so that an ‘individual healthcare plan’ (IHCP) is prepared for those with medical needs. Governors must ensure reviewed regularly and be readily accessible to caregivers and school staff. Most importantly, the policy must set out the procedure for when a school is notified a child has a medical need.   Within the policy the role of ‘individual health care plans’ (IHCP) need to be included. The statutory requirements are that the medical policy includes:

  • Who has the responsibility to ensure sufficient staff are suitably trained
  • A commitment that all relevant staff of medical needs
  • Cover arrangements in case of staff absence or staff turnover
  • Briefing process for supply teachers
  • Risk assessments process
  • Monitoring processes for individual healthcare plans

(Martin-Denham and Watts, 2019)

Department for Education – Supporting Children with Medical Conditions – May 2014