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London asthma toolkit

Air Quality

12th August 2019

London suffers from high levels of air pollution traffic in a similar way to most UK cities, but the sheer size of the city, along with a dense road network and high buildings, means that central London tends to be one of the most polluted places in the UK. Air pollution acts as a trigger […]

#AskAboutAsthma 2020 Communications Toolkit

11th July 2019

#AskAboutAsthma is back! Keeping children’s asthma under control is particularly important this year due to the coronavirus and any potential second wave. This year’s campaign will look slightly different from previous years. Running from 14-20 September, it will include a week-long schedule of webinars, podcasts, blogs, social media activity and a virtual conference on Wednesday […]

Case studies  

6th August 2018

Case studies describing improvement projects focused on managing asthma for children and young people are featured here and throughout the other sections of the London Asthma Toolkit.  We are grateful to all the teams involved for sharing this work. For more information about the asthma toolkit, or to provide feedback or examples of best practice, […]

Print version

31st October 2017

Download a printable version of this section below. This asthma toolkit aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people with the condition. The purpose of this toolkit is to ensure there is a more holistic and joined up approach to caring for young people with asthma.  Download a printable version of this section […]


31st October 2017

Presentations to support you to develop your workforce and improve schools for care of children and young people with asthma If we are to achieve the goal of improved asthma care and integration of services we need to commission a different shape of health services. We will need to commission school nursing to deliver asthma […]

Presentations for teaching

31st October 2017

Sample presentations to support teacher training for asthma care NHS Whittington and NHS Islington have shared sample slides used for briefing students and to support teacher training for asthma care with the aim of developing more asthma friendly schools (AFS).  Assembly for primary school students  Assembly for secondary school students  Training for teachers, by Nickola […]

Action plans

31st October 2017

This section is intended for clinicians caring for children with asthma in a hospital or tertiary care setting. It outlines examples of best practice in the assessment, treatment and ongoing management of children and young people with asthma in an acute setting. If a child has a personalised asthma action plan they are four times […]


20th October 2017

Schools play a major role in ensuring a safe environment for children and young people with asthma. This section includes guidance and practical resources to support teachers and school nurses to care for children with asthma. Explore the toolkit… For more information about the asthma toolkit, or to provide feedback or examples of best practice, […]

What to do if your child is having an asthma attack

20th October 2017

An asthma attack happens when a child can’t get enough air into their lungs, they may cough and wheeze. The checklist below will help you understand what is happening and what action to take. Stay with them and send someone to get their spacer and inhaler. Reassure your child and try to keep them calm. […]

What is asthma?

20th October 2017

Asthma is an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs causing the airways to narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be distressing for you and your child. It may cause breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. What causes asthma? It’s not clear exactly what causes asthma, although it is likely to be a combination […]