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Back to school but not quite back to normal

18th September 2020

by Hannah Harniess For the last 6 months, our son has been shielded due to falling into the extremely clinically vulnerable category. For so many people who have been in this category, it has felt lonely and worrying at times. The virus was much less understood in March, but we now know that children have […]

How a Network Incentive Scheme can improve CYP asthma diagnosis and care

18th September 2020

by Tori Hadaway, Community Children’s Specialist Asthma Nurse The Tower Hamlets Network Incentive Scheme (NIS) challenged GPs to compare their data with that of other practices, aiming to improve standards of care for CYP with wheeze and asthma. What did they do? Each GP practice searched their database for children prescribed asthma treatments. Children were […]

Using all of the rainbow – painting the picture of better asthma care for children & young people: Understanding the Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCG asthma local incentive scheme

18th September 2020

by Dan Devitt, Children’s Commissioner In memory of Sophie Holman and with thanks to all those who are working to prevent deaths from asthma in London. Introduction From June 2019 to June 2020 I had the privilege of serving as a commissioner in the Barnet Havering & Redbridge (BHR) component of the new East London […]

St George’s Hospital asthma team update

17th September 2020

by Jo Lawson, Asthma Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist We have been living in very unfamiliar times at the moment and like the rest of the country, we have had to adapt the way we work to protect everyone around us. Since March most children have been homeschooled and kept socially distanced. This has led to […]

Why do an asthma peer review?

16th September 2020

by Sam Rostom, North Central London, Children and Young People’s Programme Director How can you fix something… if you don’t know what the problem looks like? Asthma affects a large number of children and young people in north-central London (NCL) and nationally. Approximately three people in every classroom have asthma, and it is the most […]

Healthier Air Indoors – new resources for families

15th September 2020

by Anne Greenough, Professor of Neonatology and Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Director of Education and Training at King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre.  Anne is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Working Party and has been working to make the findings of the scientific review, published earlier this year, accessible to children, parents and […]

Croydon asthma champion programme 2019-2020

15th September 2020

by Jo Massey and Jakki Sutherland (also known as CHAH Asthma) We are the Children’s Asthma Service in Croydon, part of the Children’s Hospital at Home Team at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.  There are two of us in our team, and we are both full time Children’s Asthma Nurse Specialists. We have a real […]

Medicines optimisation in asthma – Role of a Paediatric Specialist Pharmacist

14th September 2020

by Sukeshi Makhecha, Specialist Paediatric Asthma Pharmacist, Royal Brompton and Evelina Hospitals Asthma deaths in the UK are amongst the highest in Europe, with children being the most vulnerable, particularly the adolescent population. Yet frustratingly the figures do not seem to be improving, despite the fact that most are avoidable. So I decided to join […]