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  1. Transition

    Transition is the process of moving from children and young people’s asthma services to adult services. This includes a preparation period, transfer of care to adult service and continues until the young person has engaged with the adult service, rather than just describing the point at which care transfers to the adult service. It should […]

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  2. Self management

    Guidance is for clinicians working with children and young people to support patients to manage their condition What is self-care? Self-care is defined as an active partnership between the patient and the system. It’s about both long- and short-term conditions and not just about medical care. Additional resources Wessex Academic Health Science Network:  Owning My […]

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  3. Diagnosis

    There is a need to improve asthma identification and access to treatment to improve quality of life for patients. Diagnosis is difficult as there is no single diagnostic test, but it should be in line with BTS/Sign guidelines. NHS England’s National Bundle of Care for children and young people with asthma sets out a series of […]

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  4. Guidelines and pathways

    This section is intended for clinicians caring for children with asthma in primary care, community care, hospital or tertiary care setting. It outlines best practice examples of guidelines and pathways. Innovative whole pathways of care, including specialist outreach, and moving care closer to home to deliver all required services, are key to integrating care. Guidelines […]

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  5. Resources for schools

    Internal and external air pollution at school can affect children’s health and wellbeing. Research from the Technical University of Denmark found that improving air quality within schools improves children’s concentration levels as well as reducing various health issues such as headache and eye irritation. The Air pollution and You Checklist, developed by North East London, […]

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  6. Resources for families

    The Air pollution and You Checklist, developed by North East London, is a downloadable PDF that can be shared with patients and families. It has easy graphics to help children, young people (CYP) and their families understand the simple actions they can take to avoid air pollution. Families can sign up for free air pollution […]

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  7. Resources for NHS organisations

    Hospital trusts NHS organisations cover some of the largest estates, with one of the greatest workforces, in London. They hold contracts worth millions of pounds with companies providing diverse goods and services. They are a major player in the local economy. Because of their size, hospital Trusts and other NHS organisations contribute to London’s air […]

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  8. Smoking and vaping

    Vaping An NHS survey from 2021 indicated that vaping had increased to 9% among children and young people, representing a rise of 50% from 2018. Around 1 in 5 (21%) 15-year-old girls were classified as current e-cigarette users. Additional research has found that young people who vape are also more likely to start smoking. Vaping […]

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  9. Indoor air pollution

    Indoor air pollution can have a significant effect on health, particular in people with lung conditions. Particulate matter from gas boilers, indoor fires, stoves, candles, chemical cleaners and air fresheners can exacerbate or trigger asthma. Evidence of the impact of internal damp and mould is also growing. This 2020 Inside Story Report from the Royal […]

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  10. Outdoor air pollution

    London has high levels of air pollution due to traffic fumes and other sources of particulate matter. Outdoor air pollution acts as a trigger for many children and young people with asthma, contributing to emergency department attendance and intensive care admissions. On days when pollution levels are high, people with asthma should avoid areas with […]

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