Barking, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have issued the attached letter, guiding schools on good practice to support children with asthma.
On average, 10% of children have asthma. In Havering, the percentage of children known to have asthma in each school ranges from 1% to 11%, and the audit carried out last year by school nurses shows that only 9% of children known to have asthma have provided a care plan to their school. This can be for a number of reasons, including GPs not routinely providing asthma care plans or children/ parents not passing these on to their school.
The audit also found that 45% of schools have an emergency asthma kit and policy. The second attached letter explains schools' responsibilities for providing this and we strongly encourage schools that don't have an emergency kit to purchase one.
We're working with GPs and staff at Queens hospital to improve practice around asthma care, and will be providing additional support to schools in the coming year.
In the meantime, please read the attached letters and take action where needed in your school.
If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact me on 01708 431365 or Claire.Alp@havering.gov.uk.