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Blog: Supporting the self-care and mental health of students and young people

2nd November 2020

by Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Good Thinking World Mental Health Day is always a special day in the calendar for Good Thinking, and this year’s theme ‘Mental Health for All’ was a really great one. Yet our eyes were also open to the very particular impact COVID has had on […]

Protecting children from air pollution at school and beyond

20th September 2020

by Anthony Mysak, Portfolio Manager, Guys and St Thomas’ Charity As families prepare for their children’s return to school, many are focused on how to best protect their children from COVID-19. Concerns about children’s health are only compounded for those families with children with asthma. The start of the school year (known as week 38) […]

Asthma and indoor air quality

20th September 2020

by Catherine Sutton, Director, Airborne Allergy Action Catherine Sutton, mum to Edward, who has severe allergies and asthma, explains the recommendations of the recent Royal College of Paediatrics Report into Indoor Air Quality and Child Health and new NICE guidelines on Indoor Air Quality and their relevance to asthma prevention.  In January 2020 the Royal […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Connecting, Collaborating, Reciprocating – Journeys in the Asthma System

16th September 2019

by Tom Holliday, Paediatric Registrar & Darzi 10 Fellow I never saw myself working in paediatric asthma. As a paediatric registrar working in secondary care, my experience of asthma was as an acute condition. Every winter large numbers of young people would flood into A&E and I would help by treating their acute attack. Either […]