To coincide with the start of the new school year and the highest hospital admission rates for asthma (week 38), the NHS is running an awareness campaign – #AskAboutAsthma – to encourage small steps to help improve the quality of life for London’s children and young people living with asthma.
The #AskAboutAsthma campaign encourages
- Each child and young person with asthma to have an asthma management plan
- Each child and young person with asthma to be able to use their inhalers effectively
- Each child and young person with asthma to have a review every year and after every attack
- It also includes the impact of air quality on lung health
The schedule for the week can be found here with links
Monday 20 September
Webinar – Ask the Expert
Tuesday 21 September
Wednesday 22 September
Thursday 23 September
Blog – Right Asthma Image Campaign
Welcome, introduction and background – Oliver Anglin, Clinical Director for CYP Transformation – NHSE (London) & Clinical Lead for Children and Young People – North Central London CCG, – Jen Townshend, General and respiratory paediatrician, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, Chief Executive of BEATAsthma
Patient Voice – our healthcare journey – Aishah Farooq & Haania Hussain, patient and public voice partners at NHS England
National Update – Matthew Clark, National Specialty Advisor for Children and Young People at NHS England
Ensuring effective transition: working with adult respiratory services – Louise Fleming, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital Trust & Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London
Clinical update – Ian Sinha, Consultant respiratory paediatrician from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Beat Asthma – working together in the North East and beyond – Jen Townshend, General and respiratory paediatrician, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, Chief Executive of BEATAsthma
Salbutamol: relief or rescue – time to put out the fire? – Louise Fleming, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital Trust & Clinical Senior Lecturer, National Heart and Lung Institute
What to include in a post – attack review; where and when should it be held? – Chin Nwokoro, Chair (Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London), Richard Chavasse, Paediatric respiratory consultant, St George’s Hospital London, Carol Stonham, Respiratory Nurse NHS Gloucestershire CCG, Executive chair PCRS , Oliver Anglin, Clinical Director for CYP Transformation – NHSE (London) & Clinical Lead for Children and Young People – North Central London CCG
Friday 24 September
Saturday 25 September
Sunday 26 September
Podcast – Preventer adherence guardians
You can find the #AskAboutAsthma 2021 evaluation summary here.
Improving the quality of life for children and young people living with asthma
Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition affecting children and young people. 1 in 11 children and young people are affected by the condition.
Poorly controlled asthma affects every aspect of children and young people’s lives – their ability to learn, enjoy time outside the school with friends or take part in sport. It affects their time with their families and how they sleep.
There are three very simple measures that if used consistently for all children and young people with asthma would have a massive impact on the quality of life for these children and young people.
- The use of a written asthma action plan drawn up between a clinician and asthma sufferer means people are four times less likely to have to go to the hospital for their asthma.
- Ensuring every child or young person (and their families/carers) understands how to use their inhaler effectively. Less than ¾ of children and young people have any form of instruction in how to use their inhalers meaning they may not be getting the full benefit of their asthma medication
- An asthma review every year and after every attack will ensure those with asthma recognise their triggers and are able to manage their condition effectively.
Air pollution acts as a trigger for many children and young people with asthma, contributing to asthma admissions and intensive care admissions, and even asthma deaths.
To provide support for this, we have produced the NHS Organisations: Air pollution reduction toolkit. This describes simple and free changes NHS organisations can make to reduce their contribution to air pollution. For more information visit Air Quality
A surge of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) affecting babies and children under 3 years is anticipated during August and September. Please follow local guidelines on how to manage this condition.