Health advice for people with asthma
Becoming an Asthma Friendly School:
The Asthma Friendly Schools award was initiated to encourage schools to develop safe, healthy and inclusive environments for students with asthma. An Asthma Friendly School adopts the programme strategies to support the whole school community in understanding and managing asthma.
What you need to do:
To be recognised as an Asthma Friendly School, each school must address a set of criteria that establishes an Asthma Friendly environment and meets current legislation from the Department of Health guidelines.
These criteria are:
- An Asthma Policy – available here and can be adapted to your school.
- An asthma register – a list of all children who have asthma/inhalers in your school that is easily accessible,
- Children to have immediate access to their own inhalers
- Purchase of an emergency inhaler and spacer as per Department of Health guidelines.
We would also encourage schools to have an asthma plan for all children with asthma/inhalers
Benefits to becoming and Asthma Friendly school include:
- Improving asthma awareness and management in the school
- Improving support to students with asthma encouraging an inclusive environment
- Supporting responsibilities for the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff
- Ensures the school is implementing current and best practice asthma management strategies
- Enables the school to promote its self evaluated status to ensure that the community is aware of the school's commitment to Asthma Friendly strategies.
If you would like to become an Asthma Friendly School, please download the checklist and return it it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a certificate to be sent to you.
A FREE e-learning programme is available from Education for Health, National training centre. Please click this link for more information: http://www.supportingchildrenshealth.org
Videos resources (click on the video title):
NEW: Becky Bishop reminds children to take their brown inhaler twice a day https://www.youtube.com/embed/iOYh3AVl5VY
NEW: Billy Bawler reminds children to carry their blue inhaler with them at all times https://www.youtube.com/embed/k3V1VLB4S3s
Peak in Asthma Admissions in September
Data shows that every year in September there is a peak in admissions for children having an asthma attack. The cause of this is not clear, however it is believed that when the children return to school they are exposed to a number of new environmental factors that can trigger an asthma attack. Children are also exposed to new viruses which can be another trigger of an asthma attack. If children with asthma return to school with their lungs in the best possible condition, then an asthma attack maybe prevented.
We are therefore asking that schools encourage their pupils with asthma to attend their GP practice for an asthma review during the school holidays. This gives the nurse or doctor the opportunity to review their medication, check their inhaler technique and give them a personal asthma action plan. The pupils will then be able to bring a copy of that updated asthma action plan into school in September; this will give school staff the information required to support pupils with their asthma in school, which could prevent an asthma attack.
This could be done via text message, email or letter. To download an example letter for parents at the end of term click here, your school can adapt this to text message or email if preferred.
Additional documents and guidance:
Supporting schools with pupils with asthma:
Air pollution forecast map: