North London Partners in health and care

#AskAboutAsthma Week NCL pledges

To coincide with the start of the new school year and the highest hospital admission rates for asthma (week 38), Healthy London Partnership and the NHS in London are running the #AskAboutAsthma campaign to encourage small steps to help improve the quality of life for London’s children and young people living with asthma. 

During the AskAboutAsthma week, 16th to 20th September North London Partners will be highlighting the work going on across and within the north central London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington to improve outcomes for children, young people and families affected by asthma.

Five key outcomes which will support the delivery of better health have already been agreed. These cover the wider determinants of health and relate to the key areas of health, schools, leisure, housing and air pollution. Our plan will support the NLP vision of supporting children, young people and their families with asthma to receive the appropriate treatment, at the right time and right place and enable them to remain as well as possible  by:

  • Informing and empowering young people and families to manage the condition more effectively into adulthood
  • Enabling healthy environments, which support children and young people with asthma to remain as well as possible
  • Enabling all children to have access to a full education and activities, unhindered by asthma
  • Ensuring all children have access to high quality asthma care
  • Ensuring earlier identification of children at risk of life threatening asthma attacks or those with poor control

During the AskAboutAsthma week professionals from health, social care, education, housing will pledge to undertake an activity that deliver better out comes for our children and young people with asthma.  For example, Camden council has pledge to promote information on air quality through its schools communication channels and work closely with the school nursing team to help children in schools to control their asthma. Islington council has pledged that all children with asthma in Islington to have an asthma management plan, be able to use their inhalers effectively and receive an annual asthma review.

Londoners will be asked to select one thing that they will do to support the #AskAboutAsthma campaign and post about it on social media, using the hashtag #OneThingLDN

North central London’s Children and Young People programme director Sam Rostom has suggested: "The one thing that I think is really important and something that we can all be part of is to reduce the impact on the environment and tackle air pollution together."

If you have a suggestion for improving life for children and young people affected by asthma why not let us know. Use the hashtag #OneThingLdn and Tweet @nclstp or email

One thing that has improved life for families of children admitted to Whittington Hospital with acute asthma are follow up 'group consultations' involving doctors, nurses and parents, carers and children rather than tradition individual one to one appointments. You can read about that on Ana's blog...