Recent weather warnings are predicting thunderstorms in various places across the UK. Changes in weather are known to trigger asthma attacks, particularly in children and young people, says Asthma UK.

What can you do to support people and young people with their asthma?

Asthma UK have made the following recommendations:

  • Stay indoors in and around any stormy weather.
  • Wash off and change clothes to remove pollen if you've been outside on a high pollen day.
  • Be aware of other asthma triggers and avoid those
  • Have your reliever inhaler close by and ready to use.
  • Keep any treatments you have for hay fever available
  • Avoid smoking or being around people who smoke.
  • Stay alert as to asthma signs and symptoms and take action accordingly.


Opus also recommend you make sure you:

  • Carry the appropriate inhaler(s)/ spacer or other device required by those who suffer with asthma.
  • Know the likely asthma triggers of the young person or person you support and understand the treatment prescribed.
  • Have appropriate supplies i.e. refill prescriptions in good time.
  • Know how to properly use asthma inhalers to the best effect (check out our Asthma & Inhalers Courses below).

Crawley Dementia Conference

Supporting carers and people with memory issues through physical activity.

Kenny Butler (Head of Health and Wellbeing Development, UK Active)
Dr Charles Alessi (Senior Advisor for Preventable Dementia, Public Health England)

Plus workshops, lunch and networking.

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Monday 8 July, 2019
The Hawth, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Mental capacity refers to the ability of a person to make their own decisions.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘The Act’) applies to everyone involved in the care, treatment and support of people aged 16 and over who are unable to make all or some decisions for themselves. The Act sets out the legal framework for the protection and safeguarding of these people.

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HMRC say, "We know that some employers find it hard to know how to treat sleep-in shifts for workers who receive the National Minimum Wage, or who are close to the threshold. HMRC’s new presentation explains all you need to know. The presentation outlines different scenarios to help determine if the minimum wage is applicable to some or all hours worked during a sleep-in shift."

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is running a national recruitment campaign to drive applications into the adult social care sector. The campaign launched last week with national and regional media engagement.

Advertising will go live in stages, starting with Google paid search and social media advertising followed by more on websites, job boards and local radio, as well as outdoor posters. The adverts feature care professionals and the people they support. Case studies on the campaign Facebook page will help to showcase the wide range of rewarding and varied job roles in adult social care.

All advertising will point to the campaign website which then directs users to DWP 'Find a Job' to search vacancies.

Find out more at the campaign events

On behalf of DHSC, Skills for Care is hosting events around the country where you can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved.

Skills for Care are running events in Maidstone and Winchester in March. Attendance is fully funded and is primarily aimed at domiciliary and residential care providers.

A free event is for adult social care providers who support people with learning disabilities or autism or both who have offended or are at risk of offending, in the south east of England.

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