Targeting avoidable pollution from engine idling
Idling Action aims to cut dangerous vehicle emissions by targeting avoidable pollution from engine idling, as well as raising awareness about the importance of air quality for respiratory health.
By: Tom Parkes18 Sep 2020
Addressing fuel poverty
Fuel poverty effects many different people, but especially those on low incomes, in cold, damp properties, with long-term illnesses. Asthma, like many long-term illnesses, is made worse by coldness at home. SHINE (The Seasonal Health Intervention Network) addresses that inequality by increasing energy efficiency in people’s homes.
By: Eamon Rooke18 Sep 2020
What I do and why I care!
During a consultation, I am keen to confirm not only what medication they take, but also how often they take it, when do they require their inhalers the most, what makes the asthma worse (trigger factors), how they manage it at home, their understanding of their medication and any identified allergies. It is also a key opportunity to assess inhaler technique. This is not just about us asking questions. It’s also a chance for parents to ask us questions and clarify any problems.
By: Nisha18 Sep 2020
Supporting families of children living with asthma through the lockdown
I was able to contact families, who had previously not attended my clinics, and complete consultations over the phone. Families had time to talk and if they were not available at that time, it was easy to rearrange. I encouraged the parents to involve all family members for family education.
By: Caroline Byrne17 Sep 2020
As a mum, experienced living with asthma, I was unsettled when my son was diagnosed
Shortly after my son started nursery, we started noticing he was coughing more in the evenings, and the nursery also noticed that he was coughing and wheezing when playing outdoors in the playground, especially when it is cold outside. So, we brought him to the GP .../
By: Michele, mum of 315 Sep 2020
Leading our Paediatric Asthma Network
By working across boroughs and different organisation to improve engagement and communication, training and development and oversight and monitoring, we are becoming stronger together and more capable of delivering better care and outcomes for the 30,000 asthmatic children we care for.
By: Dr Oliver Anglin14 Sep 2020
Covid-19 and Community Pharmacy
After reporting our successful Interactive Inhaler Technique Training Workshops at last year’s campaign, I had been expecting to write about a new collaborative respiratory review service which was to include a provision for children and young people with asthma. Who would have thought that when we ushered in the new decade we were also ushering in an “unprecedented” period of rapid changes...rapid changes in attitudes, inter-actions, communications and work practices, unfortunately putting the brakes on non-covid service development and research.
By: Marsha Alter11 Sep 2020
September is the perfect time to highlight key messages for good asthma care
Running from 14th to 20 September the Ask About Asthma campaign coincides with returning to school and is also notably, the month where hospital admissions for asthma increase.
By: Sam Rostom11 Sep 2020
This week there is a global initiative asking health care staff to ask the question: ‘What Matters to You’? of their patients and service users. It prompts us to think about the need for staff to feel that what matters to them is able to be expressed and being listened to. Can we ask our colleagues, our leaders, our team members the same question and can we really listen to their answers? How can we create and sustain workplaces that understand the importance of communication, praise and acknowledgment?
By: Helen Shaw11 Jun 2020
Being a registered nurse will open so many more opportunities
Evan Lawrence Arceo, an assistant manager at London Borough of Barnet’s Spring Grove Care Home, was one of the first care home workers to take part in the CapitalNurse pilot programme aimed at helping international social care workers transition to Nursing & Midwifry Council registered nurses by offering specialised English language tuition.
By: Evan Lawrence Arceo10 Feb 2020
Addressing fuel poverty: One thing I am doing to improve asthma outcomes for children and young people
Asthma, like many long term illnesses, is made worse by coldness at home. SHINE addresses that inequality by increasing energy efficiency in people’s homes.
By: Eamon Rooke19 Sep 2019
What does indoor air quality mean and how can we improve it
Camden Council air quality officer Tom Parkes blogs on some of the small but potentially significant changes which can improve indoor air quality
By: Tom Parkes18 Sep 2019
Why the #AskAboutAsthma campaign is important
Dr Oliver Anglin, Camden GP and clinical lead for the Children and Young People’s workstream for north central London blogs on why the #AskAboutAsthma campaign is important. For me it’s an important campaign because, it raises awareness that having asthma doesn’t have to mean having to limit a child.18 Sep 2019
The best way to help children with asthma fullfill their potential is to help them control their asthma
AskAboutAsthma is an important campaign because it raises awareness that having asthma doesn’t have to mean having to limit a child. I want every child with asthma in north central London to fulfil their potential, irrespective of their long-term condition and the best way they can do this is to be in control of their asthma.
By: Dr Oliver Anglin17 Sep 2019
Community Education: One thing I am doing to improve asthma outcomes for CYP
Adama runs nurse-led community clinics to help children/young people manage their asthma and also educate health professionals, such as GPs.
By: Adama Kargbo16 Sep 2019
How group consultations for families whose children have asthma is helping improve outcomes
Ana Marote is an Asthma Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at Whittington Health NHS Trust, she and her colleages have started holding consultations for group of families whose children have asthma to see if this can improve outcomes.
By: Ana Marote10 Sep 2019
Pharmacist-led telephone triage system reduces face-to-face contacts for urgent on the day appointments by over 50%18 Jul 2019
Showcasing best practice in dementia and older people’s mental health care
Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England, visited (29 April) North Central London one of three STPs selected in England to explore innovative practices in dementia and older people’s mental health care29 Apr 2019
Improving the care of patients living with Chronic Kidney Disease
North London Partners’ chronic kidney disease (CKD) project has developed an innovative virtual healthcare model to improve the care of patients living with the condition.07 Feb 2019
Taking a big step forward for joined-up care in Barnet
At its meeting in January, the Governing Body approved a proposal to be the first part of north central London to implement the Health Information Exchange (HIE). This is a big step forward in joining up care across north central London, with Barnet leading the way for all five CCGs in NCL.21 Jan 2019
My reflections on system working
The question of how to create local systems that will be capable of meeting the challenges of growing demand, increasing complexity and constrained financial and staff resources is one that is exercising systems around the country.
By: Nigel Edwards08 Nov 2018
My experience of working as a Patient Representative at UCLH Cancer Collaborative
My name is Carol, I was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and after a year of treatment, I was pronounced symptom-free. However, in February 2015 I received the devastating news that I had multiple metastases in my spine, hip and liver, and was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.
By: Carol08 Nov 2018
World Mental Health Day is on 10th October 2018. This year’s focus is on young people and mental health in a changing world.
By: Chris Dzikiti10 Oct 2018
As senior responsible officer for the Children and Young People workstream of North London Partners in health and care, our local sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), I am passionate about delivering better outcomes for children and young people within our communities.
By: Charlotte Pomery11 Sep 2018
We are supporting the Healthy London Partnership’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign which runs from 3rd-16th Sept.
By: Sam Rostom03 Sep 2018
'Speaking the truth' – mental health in the workplace
Returning to work from maternity leave can be challenging for anyone, returning in the week Ofsted decide to ‘drop in’ on my service was certainly interesting. All this under the back drop of my new diagnosis of post-natal depression.
By: Emma Haigh31 May 2018
PJ’s = Lazy Days!
The #endPJparalysis was recently started by Ann-Marie Riley from Nottingham University Hospital, following research that implies PJ’s have a lot to answer for when considering hospital admissions.
By: Deborah Abson19 Mar 2018
Housing associations and Hospitals: how we made integrated care work for our patients
By: Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust12 Feb 2018
Innovating our way to a new ‘business as usual’
How can public services harness what Simon Stevens calls the “renewable energy” of people and communities? How do we shift power to citizens, plus strengthen communities and improve wellbeing?
By: Paul Burstow16 Jan 2018
'I'm just a care home nurse'
Care Home nursing is so misunderstood and we are part to blame in not teaching others about what we do, who we are, the difference we make and the challenges we face.
By: Mary Rabitte13 Dec 2017
Public health: Everyone's business (part 2)
In the part of London where I live and work, we are blessed in the field of healthcare and research - we have the highest proportion of ‘good’ ratings by the CQC in any sector of the capital. We also have some of the best mortality rates in the country.20 Nov 2017
Public health: Everyone’s business (part 1)
Moving public health into local government is a very positive development. The timing however was difficult, with the sector severely hit by the austerity programme.
By: Jeanelle de Gruchy30 Oct 2017
Finding a workforce for the future
We have been pretty remiss over the years in mental health, as elsewhere in the health and care sector, in giving proper attention to workforce issues. They are fundamental, not just to the practical logistics of delivering care, but also to the character and quality of patient experience.
By: Paul Jenkins29 Sep 2017