Asthma is a common condition affecting 1 in 11 children and young people, with every school classroom containing 1 or 2 children with Asthma. If not treated well, Asthma has a significant impact on a child’s quality of life and their ability to enjoy activities and education.

It also puts them at risk from episodes of breathing difficulty, known as Asthma attacks.

Sadly, some children and young people with asthma will die from these attacks every year. These episodes are preventable with good asthma care delivered in partnership with the child or young person through empowering them to manage their asthma.

The aims of Excellent Asthma Care in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw are to ensure:
  • Children and young people with asthma have access to excellent care that is in line with national standards of care wherever they receive this care in our region. We will work at supporting and empowering families in the self-management of asthma symptoms and allow children and young people to achieve the best possible quality of life.
  • Partnership working with all other agencies who care for children and young people and to increase their knowledge and ability to take care of children and young people with asthma.

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Working together with children and young people, their families, and partner agencies to raise awareness of the impact of poor air quality and the impact of environmental triggers on the control of asthma in children and young people.

Under the banner of Excellent Asthma Care in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw a group of motivated people from a wide range of organisations from across public health, ​housing, education and the voluntary sector services have come together to set out a system-wide programme.

The programme targets improvements to the delivery of seamless care for asthma between primary, secondary and tertiary care services and integrates this with efforts to reduce the environmental, educational, and psychosocial impact of asthma by increasing awareness of the impact of asthma on children’s quality of life and asthma triggers like air pollution exposure to tobacco smoke and poor indoor air quality. 

Where can you get help?

If you think your child is having trouble with communicating and talking to you, discuss your concerns with a professional such as a health visitor, GP, nursery/school teacher who can provide advice and consider whether they may require a referral to a speech and language therapist or GP.