Beat Asthma+

The AHSN NENC is working with South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust to develop the Beat Asthma+ pathway and to assess its feasibility in a number of GP practices across the region.

Beat Asthma+

The Beat Asthma+ pathway combines two separate pieces of work developed in our region to improve outcomes for asthma patients and ultimately prevents further asthma deaths. It will enable early identification and management of children with ‘high risk’ asthma, along with treatment through delivery of an education programme to children and their families.

A novel digitalised Paediatric Emergency Department Asthma Assessment Tool (PEDAAT), developed by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation will be used as the basis for the development of the search templates for primary care clinical systems. Identified patients are then entered onto the Beat Asthma+ Pathway which offers a structured follow up and education programme using the BeatAsthma & BReATHE resources, developed at the Great North Children’s Hospital.

Both the search and management templates are being developed by the Clinical Digital Resource Collaborative using its CDRC Precision resources.


Delivery in NENC

This is an important project for the North East and North Cumbria region and will formally commence in December 2020. Completion of the project is expected by April 2022.

The Beat Asthma+ project has already been recognised regionally receiving two awards at the Dynamites 20. The project came in 2nd place runner up in the ‘Tech for Good’ category receiving a special commendation and came in 2nd out of 84 projects in the ‘Peoples Choice’ award which was voted for by the public.

You can read more about the award and the importance of digital innovation in our blog ‘Developing tech for good across the region’ written by Innovation Manager, Charlotte Fox.


Asthma in the UK

The UK has the worst asthma outcomes in Europe and the National Review of Asthma Deaths has concluded that 46% of these are preventable. Reducing asthma morbidity and mortality in the UK is a key government priority, as outlined within the NHS 10 Year plan published in January 2018.

For more information about Beat Asthma+, contact Programme Manager Sue Hart.