This section is intended for clinicians caring for children with asthma in primary, community, hospital or tertiary care settings.  Audit against the National bundle of care, London asthma standards,  the NICE quality standards and ongoing improvement are essential components of good asthma care.

Outcomes of an asthma audit in London

Healthy London Partnership in conjunction with Harrow CCG undertook an audit of the management of asthma care across London. This audit was intended to highlight potential preventable problems related to the management of attacks and also to stimulate change by health professionals in the treatment of attacks; in particular by assessing all patients within a few days of treatment for an attack and optimising treatment and reducing future risk. This report demonstrated that the implementation of a clinical asthma audit has helped decrease CYP hospital admissions by 16%, with obvious advantages for patients, their families and the local health economy.

National audits

The British Thoracic Society respiratory clinical audit programme undertakes an annual audit of paediatric care, visit the website for results. The Royal College of Physicians National Respiratory Audit Programme (NRAP) for England and Wales aims to improve the quality of care, services, and clinical outcomes for people with respiratory disease (including Asthma and COPD). It includes reports from previous National Asthma and COPD Audit Programmes (NACAP).  . PRIMIS asthma care audit tool for GP practices can be downloaded here. PrescQIPP provides two different audit tools both for SystmOne and EMIS. Visit the Primary Care Respiratory Society for more information on doing an asthma audit.