A free online educational resource has been launched to support anyone who works with children and young people with asthma, either as part of their job or as a volunteer.
As a health care professional, you know asthma has a huge impact on children's lives; it is disruptive and can make a whole range of activities difficult. It is a serious medical condition; asthma attacks are very frightening for both the child and the person looking after them, and can be life threatening1. Supporting pupils with medical conditions became a statutory requirement for schools in England2 and emergency inhalers became available to all schools in the UK in 20143.
Staff working in schools, sports coaches, children's activity leaders or voluntary organisation leaders, can gain the confidence to support children with Asthma, deal with emergency situations and could help save lives.
Please share with anyone you think would be interested in this resource - just an hour of their time could help them save a life. http://www.supportingchildrenshealth.org
The resource has been developed by Education for Health working in conjunction with The George Coller Memorial Fund, a charity which raises awareness about asthma and aims to improve healthcare provision for all children suffering with the condition.
Developed by expert health professionals, in consultation with teachers, sports coaches and children's activity leaders, the resource will provide quality assured, standardized asthma training, specifically designed for anyone working with children or young people who wish to gain a basic level of awareness and understanding of asthma.
Supporting Children's Health will eventually cover a wide range of conditions and starts with Asthma, the most common medical condition affecting children.