Updated: 22nd September 2017
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is delighted to share that yesterday the Department of Health released its guidance document “Guidance on the use of adrenaline auto-injectors in schools” to help schools in England develop policies for keeping and using emergency adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs).
The guidance comes prior to new legislation coming into effect on 1st October 2017 which will enable schools in the UK to purchase AAIs without a prescription, for emergency use on children who are at risk of anaphylaxis but whose own device is not available or not working. We have been informed the health departments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland expect to publish their own guidance shortly.
Our Allergy Aunts have received questions through the Anaphylaxis Campaign helpline from school nurses and school staff about spare pens in schools, The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and recent guidance issued by the Department of Health. Our top tips and advice to some of the most frequently asked questions are here.
The legislation was passed following two years of campaigning by the Anaphylaxis Campaign and other organisations – Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG), and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) – to enable a change in the law to allow schools, pre-schools and nurseries to hold generic adrenaline auto-injectors, and ensure they have sufficient trained staff to operate the devices in case of an emergency.
Lynne Regent, CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, says:
“The Anaphylaxis Campaign is delighted that, after two years of extensive campaigning, the legislation is now in place to allow all schools in the UK to keep a potentially lifesaving dose of adrenaline spare in case of emergency. We are sure that this will enhance the safety of severely allergic children in schools across the UK and provide reassurance for parents, carers and school staff.”
The Anaphylaxis Campaign helps raise awareness of severe allergies and anaphylaxis within schools and provide support to parents and carers of school age children.
- Our free online anaphylaxis training course AllergyWise for Schools is designed to ensure that key staff in schools are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to provide emergency treatment and the implications for management of severely allergic children from Key Stages 1 to 5 in an education setting. Find out more and register here.
- We also have AllergyWise for Healthcare Professionals, an essential “train the trainer” resource for school nurses, first aid trainers, community nurses and nursery nurses with responsibility for training others which is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), with discounted access for Professional Members of the Anaphylaxis Campaign. Find out more and register here.
- School nurses are also welcome to join as a Healthcare Professional Member of the Anaphylaxis Campaign. Our members receive information and advice tailored for doctors, nurses, clinical professionals, first aid trainers and researchers with an interest in severe allergy, while helping us to raise the profile of severe allergy and support others who live with life threatening allergies. Find out more here.
The Department of Health guidance for schools is available here.
You can also access our links to information and advice for schools here.
Find out more about the ‘Spare Pens in Schools’ campaign here.
If you have any other questions or concerns please contact our helpline team at [email protected] or call 01252 542 029.