Russell Lower School
NOR: 450 pupils from age 5-11 years.
Russell Lower School is a large school based in Bedford, supporting 450 pupils from 5-11 years old. The school implemented Medical Tracker many years ago and continue to be impressed with the easy-to-use processes that improve health and safety across the school. Russell Lower School first chose Medical Tracker to move paperless and to reduce the amount of staff workload with recording first aid incidents. They share how they use the electronic health recording software effectively in their setting.
Let's see how Medical Tracker is used across a large primary school.
What problems does Medical Tracker solve?
- With 450 pupils, recording all first aid incidents is time-consuming, especially when using paper-based accident books. Medical Tracker reduces time spent recording incidents in paper-based accident books.
- Russell Lower School wanted to be able to monitor patterns with incident locations, time of day and frequency of accidents. They use the reporting feature to share reports with governors and create health and safety action plans.
- Tracking expiring medication can be a demanding task across a large setting. All medication can be monitored across the school easily.
- Parents are automatically informed of pupil injuries and medical care during the school day. This saves the school staff time when contacting the parents and informing them of incidents.
What impact has Medical Tracker had on first aid provision?
Russell Lower School use Medical Tracker to record and monitor all first aid and accident incidents across the school. Moving away from printing and hand writing incident recording slips for parents, it has significantly reduced the administrative demand for all staff. The school monitor first aid incidents using the pattern-spotting feature. They have been using Medical Tracker for so long, it runs itself!
- SLT can provide reports about incidents for governors, tracking trends and patterns of accidents.
- The workload associated with recording incidents has been ‘drastically reduced’ for all staff members.
- Parents have received the automatic notifications well and appreciate that communication is a high priority for the school.
- All parents now receive more information about first aid incidents than when paper-based notification slips were used, the drop-down boxes on the medical forms ensures DfE statutory requirements are met as a minimum.
At A Glance
- Time-consuming paper-based recording system.
- Unable to spot accident patterns.
- Time-consuming to monitor expiring medication.
- Parent communication.
- Helps large school to stay consistent and paperless.
- Creates reports for governors on accident patterns.
- All expiring medication across the school known.
- purposeful parent communication.
If you are thinking about if you should use Medical Tracker for your school, my advice would be go for it! It has drastically reduced staff workload relating to accident reporting. The parents like it and it helps to improve health and safety across the school.
School Business Manager at Russell Lower School.
It helps me with our site manager and look at health and safety improvements. For example, In technology, the bulk of our injuries were eye injuries and it was through not wearing safety goggles. So we were able to locate what health and safety issues are happening in departments.
School Nurse, Kennet School
Parents receive instant notifications when incidents or medication administration are recorded. A full communication audit trail is saved. This helps parents feel that their child is well looked after at school- great for Ofsted!
Bursar,Bugbrooke Community Primary School
It's a really simple solution to a complex problem. I can't think why no one has come up with it before now. It’s also easy to get support and the system is being developed all the time.