Cypriot Community Centre Earlham Grove Wood Green London N22 5HJ
Over the past six months staff from across health and social care in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington have contributed to the ongoing development of our sector-wide plan for Paediatric Asthma. Many more of you will, through your daily work, contribute to its delivery and improve the lives of the nearly 30,000 children and young people in NCL that have the condition.
As such, we’d like to invite you to our NCL Paediatric Asthma Conference which takes place on World Asthma Day. The event will:
- Introduce you to the developing Paediatric Asthma Plan and what it means for you working within your locality
- Raise awareness of how the health and care system is connected across the asthma agenda
- Give you feedback from young people about what improvements in asthma care and support means to them
- Celebrate and share best practice from work across NCL delivering towards our shared aspiration
- Give you the opportunity to learn and network together and to strengthen our joint working
- Introduce you to the Asthma Registry to provide an insight into how we are using data/tech to improve outcomes
Tickets are free and available to all staff working in NCL that have an interest in the plan.
Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition among children in the UK affecting three children in every classroom. Asthma is the most common cause of emergency hospital admissions for children and young people, with a significant proportion (up to 75%) thought to be avoidable if care and support was provided earlier and as part of a more integrated approach.
In 2016, 13 children under 14 years old died from asthma in the UK, which has the third highest risk of childhood asthma amongst developed nations. Within north central London, there have been a number of recent child deaths related to asthma and it is rightly a priority across the STP footprint.
The recently published NHS Long Term Plan has also committed to focus increasingly on respiratory illness and acknowledged the complexity of issues related to asthma, including the effective use of medicine, the impact of air pollution and the risk associated with smoking, amongst other factors.
The causes of asthma are often complex and interrelated but there is significant acknowledgement of the links and ‘triggers’ for asthma and the impact of wider determinants of health, such as housing and air quality.
For this reason it is clear that a whole system response to tackling asthma is required from across the north central London partnership in order to affect tangible and sustained improvement in outcomes for our children, young people and their families. We have therefore taken a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling asthma across north central London – with a focus on both local needs-led and borough-based integrated solutions, as well as strategic approaches across NCL, where it makes sense to do so.
Please do come along to learn more about the plan.