Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. In London it is estimated 600,000 people suffer from asthma, including almost a quarter of a million children. Owing to its high levels of air pollution, these figures are some of the worst asthma rates in the country, with research also routinely showing that poorer areas of the Capital have far higher hospital admission rates than more affluent ones.

We want all patients to get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

How We Helped

As the Health Innovation Network for North West London, we’ve worked with NHS England, The Health Innovation Network, the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and with partners across the NWL health and care system to support changes to Asthma pathways that improve early and accurate diagnosis of respiratory conditions and improve patient care and outcomes. Our support is focused on: 

  • Identification and prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Management

In the last few years ICHP has supported a number of linked projects, all with the aim of improving detection, optimising treatments and reducing inequalities. These include:  

  • The London Asthma Decision Support Tool
  • The FeNO testing programme
  • Asthma Biologics
  • Respiratory Diagnosis Hublets

How we help



1. Early diagnosis

Supporting system partners to ensure adoption and spread of evidence-based, proactive, case finding approaches and improving awareness 





2. Correct treatment

Supporting and facilitating increased uptake of evidence-based therapies for eligible patients 






3. Training and education

Enabling the spread and adoption of treatment ensure optimal treatment for respiratory conditions, and increased opportunities for patients to understand their condition and treatment. 



Our work on FeNo testing

Our work on Asthma Biologics

Our work on Respiratory Diagnostic Hublets

Our work on the London Asthma Decision Support Tool

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