Barts Health is joining forces with asthma specialist nurses across North East London in a children’s asthma education drive and launch throughout September to coincide with Healthy London Partnership and the NHS in London in the annual #AskAboutAsthma campaign to encourage small steps to help improve the quality of life for London’s children and young people living with asthma.
The #AskAboutAsthma campaign is timed to coincide with week 38, when children return to school and when hospital admission rates for asthma are usually at their highest. Keeping children’s asthma under control is particularly important this year due to the coronavirus and any potential second spike.
Both hospital and community children’s asthma nurse specialists will providing virtual updates and educational videos for staff, children/young people and their families. We will send out a daily newsletter with a different theme of children and young people’s asthma, incorporating acute and primary care. Throughout the week, we will be sharing podcasts, blogs and videos that will provide training updates and practical guidance for safe patient discharges as well as insight into asthma within primary, secondary and tertiary care centres and a chance to meet the asthma specialist nurses across North East London.
Our focus is improving the quality of life for London’s children and young people living with asthma. The #AskAboutAsthma campaign aims to encourage health professionals, children and young people and their families to take small steps in the form of three simple effective measures to help them control their asthma, namely:
- To have an asthma management plan
- Be able to use their inhaler effectively
- Have an annual asthma review (as a minimum)
Events taking place across the week:
Role of pharmacy for CYP asthma during COVID (Monday 14 September 7:30-8:15pm):
This webinar is primarily for pharmacists and colleagues who work in a pharmacy setting and will focus on how to support CYP. You will hear from experts on the impacts of the pandemic on children and young people’s asthma in pharmacy and recovery techniques, and from pharmacists about the actions they have been taking during these uncertain times. It will be chaired by Raj Matharu, Chief Officer of Lewisham, Southwark & Lambeth and Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Pharmacist. For further information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/115635860973
Supporting the older child: transition to adult care and the relationship between anxiety and asthma (Tuesday 15 September: 12.30–13.30):
This webinar is for local system leaders and health care professionals and will focus on responding to children and young people's asthma needs as they transition to adult services as well as the impact and interrelationship between anxiety and asthma. We will hear from Sam Prigmore, Nurse consultant at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and Fran Beresford, Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
For further information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/116637970309
#AskAboutAsthma in the time of COVID (Wednesday 16 September 9:00am–1.30pm)
This online conference will bring you all the latest updates and information you need to help you support your young patients. Keeping children’s asthma under control is particularly important this year due to the coronavirus and any potential second wave. The agenda will include:
- A clinical update and launch of the revised London Asthma Standards
- Innovations developed and learning from the pandemic from across London
- A nurse-led session on 'Back to school and Covid'
- An update from the national team
For further information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/askaboutasthma-in-the-time-of-covid-19-tickets-113870405448
How specialist nurses can support three asks and improve asthma care across the system (Thursday 17 September: 12.30pm–13.30pm):
The webinar will highlight the learning around innovations in CYP asthma care and services; nursing teams will share their knowledge and experiences developing responses to support CYP which improve service provision and delivery. The positive practices shared are opportunities for teams across London to develop best case scenarios to improve the outcomes of children and young people with asthma in the capital. For further information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/115641541965
Why is good primary care essential for CYP asthma (Friday 18 September: 12.30pm–13.30pm):
This webinar will highlight the importance of primary and community care for children and young people with asthma. It will be a forum for healthcare professionals in primary and community care to develop high quality positive practices to support children and young people. It will be chaired by Oliver Anglin, GP and clinical lead for North London Children and Young People’s work stream. For further information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/115637672391