Workforce and training
This section is intended for clinicians caring for children with asthma in primary, community, hospital or tertiary care setting. It outlines examples of best practice in the assessment, treatment and ongoing management of children and young people with asthma in an acute setting.
All health professionals need to have the competence, knowledge, skills and confidence to care and treat children and young people with respiratory disease. The National Bundle of Care for CYP with asthma has a section on training and competencies.
Free Online Training Courses
Improving asthma care together (Education for Health)
eLearning module for health professionals
Recognised diploma level training – Education for health
Asthma Teaching Slides
Royal Free – asthma teaching summary slides
Asthma education projects patient scenarios
Whittington – teaching wheeze and asthma
Sample job descriptions
Asthma clinical nurse specialist – Band 7 – Guys and St Thomas’s
Asthma deputy clinical nurse specialist – Band 6 – Guys and St Thomas’s
Healthcare scientist advanced specialist including sleep – Guys and St Thomas’s
Healthcare scientist specialist – Band 6 – Guys and St Thomas’s
See the commissioners and schools section for additional community based job descriptions
Role of community champions and non-health care workforce
There is an opportunity to build an alternative workforce which includes peer and health advocates. Consider innovative ways to engage people through the use of community advocates, peer educators similar to those used in diabetes the ‘Know Diabetes’ project in northwest London.
The Community Champions UK programme builds on the skills and knowledge of local communities in northwest London. It involves Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster.
Visit the Community Champions UK website to find out more.