Asthma UK Scotland is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with asthma in Scotland by:
- Understanding the issues that matter to people in Scotland and identifying how we can help.
- Ensuring that people with asthma are represented where decisions are made that affect them, especially at the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.
- Working across the health sector, including with health professionals to improve services for people with asthma.
- Building partnerships with the people and bodies that can help us to make a difference.
- Raising the profile of asthma in the media to health providers and keeping people with asthma informed about the latest developments in asthma care.
- SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) in partnership with Asthma UK Scotland has produced professional and patient asthma guidelines and led implementation workshops leading to asthma priorities for health boards in Scotland.
- Asthma UK Scotland works hard to build effective relationships with policymakers to ensure people with asthma in Scotland get the treatments, care and support they deserve. At the heart of this we are influencing the creation of the Government-led Improvement Plan, which will provide a blueprint for health boards to make improvements to asthma care.
- We provide the secretariat for the Cross Party Group on Asthma. This provides a platform for MSPs from all political parties to discuss issues relating to asthma; to liaise with those affected by the condition, organisations representing their interests and health workers dealing with asthma; and to promote good practice and raise specific issues of concern.
- Asthma UK Scotland was involved in developing the standards for services for children with asthma in conjunction with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and other bodies. These standards have been developed to ensure that children and young people with asthma are involved in decisions about their treatment and that they receive a highlevel of care no matter where they live in Scotland. They encourage health boards to identify areas that require further service development.