5th September 2022
NHS England launches #AskAboutAsthma campaign
Led by NHS England, the #AskAboutAsthma 2022 campaign launches next week and runs from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 October.
Following the return to schools after the summer holidays, there is often an increase in asthma attacks within children and young people. NHS England is therefore launching the #AskAboutAsthma campaign to ensure that young people, their families and those involved in their care, have access to learning resources and key information about effectively managing asthma.
Campaign’s 4 simple measures
The #AskAboutAsthma campaign encourages children and young people, their families, and those involved in their care, to focus on four simple and effective measures to help young people control their asthma:
- Get an asthma action plan in place – A written asthma action plan drawn up between a clinician and patient means people are four times less likely to have to go to hospital for their asthma.
- Understand how to use inhalers correctly – Less than three-quarters of children and young people have any form of instruction in how to use their inhaler. Poor inhaler technique means patients don’t get the full benefit of their asthma medication.
- Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack – An asthma review by an appropriately trained clinician after every attack helps to work out what went wrong. An annual review ensures effective management of the condition.
- Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health – This year the #AskAboutAsthma campaign is recommending that every asthma conversation considers the impact of outdoor and indoor air pollution on children and young people’s asthma.
Another new focus for this year’s campaign is the additional challenges caused by inequalities in care for children and young people with asthma and how these can be addressed.
How to get involved
Small changes can make a big difference to how children and young people manage their asthma.
Throughout the campaign week there will be daily podcasts, blogs, short videos and webinars – so plenty of resources full of information about asthma. There is also a one-day virtual conference. Share this content with your friends, family and colleagues to help get the key information and messages out there.
Find out more
Find out how via the campaign website.
Education for Health offers free bite sized factsheets on a range of respiratory topics including effective inhaler technique and severe asthma.