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Good Practice Guide for Children's Asthma services now launched

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Good Practice Guide for Children's Asthma services now launched

PCC has produced a good practice guide on asthma in children and young people, which will guide commissioners, service developers and providers, setting out the key aspects of care that good asthma services should include

Asthma is one of the most challenging long term conditions for patients and the NHS and there is large variation in care and outcomes from one part of the country to the other.

  • One in seven children is diagnosed with asthma
  • Half of all children with asthma will have had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months
  • The UK has the highest prevalence of asthma in the world, with asthma costing the NHS £1billion a year
  • You are 19 times more likely to be admitted to hospital as a young person with asthma in some parts of the country than others

To help improve asthma care for children and young people, Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) has produced Designing and commissioning services for children with asthma:  A good practice guide with input from the major professional bodies, patient groups and health service managers.

The document is designed to aid:

  • commissioners and the clinical leaders advising them
  • people working in every area of NHS provision - from primary care and  community health to acute services.
  • schools, colleges, early years settings and other adults in young people’s lives

The guide builds on the evidence-based guidance in the NICE Quality Standard for Asthma and addresses the particular challenges that children and young people face in managing their condition. It sets out the 20 key aspects of care that good asthma services for children and young people need to include.  Alongside these, the guide outlines the detailed factors that need to be included in each element of the service. It also has links to examples of good practice, showing how quality care can be implemented.

The Guide can be downloaded from the PCC website at http://bit.ly/CHasthmaGPG.

PCC also publish  the corresponding  document to help with designing and commissioning services for adults with asthma, which can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/ADasthmaGPG