The Healthy London Partnership is a collaboration of the 32 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in London and NHS England (London Region) which is aiming to transform the capital to become the world’s healthiest global city. One of its 13 transformation programmes centres around Children and Young People and it has asthma as one of its key priority areas of work - asthma is estimated to affect over 240,000 children in London].
Healthy London Partnership launched an asthma toolkit to support the implementation of the London asthma ambitions and standards. This aims to support healthcare professionals, commissioners, schools, parents, carers, children and young people in London. It features a series of films and resources to help organisations make improvements and integrate care across the pathway.
For children, asthma can mean days off school and difficulties when taking exercise. At its worst, asthma can cause hospitalisation, intensive care and even death. This September, to coincide with the start of the new school year and the highest hospital admission rates for asthma (week 38), Healthy London Partnership and NHS England (London region) are launching a public awareness campaign #AskAboutAsthma to encourage small steps to help improve the quality of life for children and young people living with asthma in London.
The #AskAboutAsthma campaign will run from 11th - 24th September and the aim is to implement;
Three simple measures that can help to manage asthma and asthma attacks:
- Each child having an asthma management plan
- Each child with asthma being able to use their inhaler effectively
- Each child having an annual asthma review
We are asking all healthcare professionals (Trusts, CCGs, GPs, clinicians and pharmacists) to support the campaign by making a pledge to implement the London asthma standards for children and young people and to reduce their impact on air pollution. There are very simple initiatives which can support air pollution reduction including encouraging patients to walk, cycle or take public transport for appointments. A toolkit has been produced to help with this and is available here. To make a pledge and to access our asthma toolkit please visit the HLP website: #AskAboutAsthma
Please help support this campaign by encouraging children, young people and their families to #AskAboutAsthma and get the right advice to ensure our younger citizens are able to manage their asthma effectively.