1st Northeast and Cumbria Paediatric Asthma and Allergy Conference – Tuesday 6th June 2023

Event details

  • Date: 06 June 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Address: The Fed, Lancaster Road, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9JR

Booking is closed for this event

The UK has among the highest mortality rates in Europe for children and young people with the underlying cause of asthma.  The northeast of England has a significantly higher rate of emergency hospital admission for asthma than the UK average.

Conference sessions include:

  • Asthma experience: you will hear a real-life story of a child who struggled with asthma diagnosis until proper control.
  • Asthma resources: a session to signpost you to the up-to-date available asthma management resources including referral pathway and framework of competences (Also resources for schools, sports clubs, and other community settings).
  • Air pollution: Indoor and outdoor pollution, its effect on a child with asthma, how to advise your patient and their family and hear ideas about improving air quality in local environments and school settings.
  • Socioeconomic factors and their effect on asthma: How to assess effect and signpost families for further support.
  • Transition: Your will hear from our Transition expert about steps of transition and how to support independence, developmentally appropriate care (including support in community and education settings).
  • Allergy and link to asthma
  • Call for action: Be part of our future plans to improve asthma care across the region.

Available workshops:

You will get the opportunity to attend your choice of 4 different workshops from the following:

  • Asthma Diagnosis: How to diagnose asthma, role of spirometry, FENO, PF and home devices
  • Choice of the inhaler: How to choose the right inhaler for your patient, inhaler technique, and inhaler disposal.
  • Asthma management in the community (including education settings): recognising uncontrolled asthma, PAAP, school plans, emergency healthcare plan, asthma control exercises, community devices, escalation plans and referral pathway.
  • Recognising and managing uncontrolled asthma in the community (including school settings): escalation of management, BTS Escalation steps, referral pathway.
  • Ask the expert (for medical professionals): Consultant, physiologist, nurse, pharmacist
  • Ask the expert (for community and school staff): Consultant, Nurse specialist, Pharmacist
  • Anaphylaxis management, how to use autoinjectors (for medical professionals and community staff including education settings)

Target audience:

This conference is aimed at representatives from health (primary, secondary, tertiary, community, pharmacy, public health and universal service) education, social care and other stakeholders in community asthma care systems that have the aim of:

  • Reducing avoidable harm from Asthma (control and reduce the risk of asthma attacks)
  • Improving quality of life
  • Establishing a whole system approach (environment, education, personalised care, preventative medicine, and improved accuracy of diagnosis)


08:45 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome

09:00 – 09:20 Asthma experience (Asthmatic child and parents)

09:20 – 09:40 Asthma resources: Beat asthma, referral pathways, framework of competences, school accreditation program

09:40 – 10:10 Environmental: indoor and outdoor air pollution, its effect on asthma, how to assess and advice parents.

10:10 – 10:30 Socioeconomic factors, inequalities, and its effect on asthma in NENC, how to assess and signpost for further support.

10:30 – 10:45 Tea Break

10:45 – 11:30 First workshop

11:30 – 12:15 Second workshop

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:30 Transition and developmentally appropriate health care session

13:30 – 14:00 Allergy and link to asthma

14:00 – 14:15 Break

14:15 – 15:00 Third workshop

15:00 – 15:45 Fourth workshop

15:45 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:30 Independence and Concordance

16:30 – 17:00 Call for action: Be part of our future to improve asthma care across the region.

About the Speakers:

Dr Andrew Bright

I am a consultant paediatrician in Gateshead and an honorary paediatric allergist at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Alongside my clinical work, I lead regional project called BeatAnaphylaxis, which aims to improve the lives of children and young people suffering with or at risk of anaphylaxis in the North East and North Cumbria. I currently sit on the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s national anaphylaxis steering committee. In addition, I hold an associate clinical lecturership at Newcastle University and have a clinical advisor role with the North East and North Cumbria Child Health & Wellbeing Network.

Dr Neelmanee Ramphul

I am a Consultant Paediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and have worked as a clinical advisor for asthma with the Child Health and Wellbeing Network. I am passionate about working together and learning from each other to improve care for all children and young people who suffer from asthma.

Dr Mike McKean

I have worked as a paediatrician specialising in respiratory disorders at the Great North Children’s Hospital, in Newcastle upon Tyne in the Northeast of England for 20 years. I specialise in asthma, long term ventilation and children with congenital airways and lung anomalies. During this time I have been clinical director of children’s services, developed and lead the North East and North Cumbrian Child Health and Wellbeing Network and am Clinical Advisor for the North East and Yorkshire regional Child Health Oversight Board, as well as regional Advisor for Paediatric Asthma for the Northeast and Yorkshire Region. My recent work has opened my mind to gaining a better understanding of the wider determinants of health and especially, how early adverse events and circumstances in childhood can have long lasting negative consequences. I now see how understanding these wider determinants of health are so important when considering how we improve the health of children with chronic asthma.  In 2022 I was honoured to be elected as Vice President for Policy at the RCPCH. So many aspects of children’s health and wellbeing are now being challenged as I have never seen before, and I truly believe that if we are to see a healthier population it is time to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our children and young people.
It is great honour to join PANNAC, BeatAsthma, BeatAnaphylaxis and the regional Child Health and Wellbeing Network in this conference and I look forwards to sharing and learning with paediatricians and child health specialists from across the region.

Dr Ahmed Hegab

Dr Hegab is a consultant paediatrician with special interest in respiratory medicine, James Cook University hospital as well as Clinical Advisor for Asthma, Child Health and Wellbeing Network. Dr Hegab has led the development of the conference itinerary and the sessions and workshops and looks forward to welcoming systemwide knowledge to improve Asthma care for CYP in the North East and North Cumbria

Dr Jen Townshend

Dr J Townshend is a consultant General and Respiratory Paediatrician in the North East Of England, having trained in the North East, New Zealand and Canada. She is a co-founder of BeatAsthma, a charity aimed at improving awareness and education in children’s and young people’s (CYP) asthma and has led on the development of several education programmes for CYP asthma. She was the subject matter advisor for the Healthcare Service Investigation Branch investigation into childhood asthma and co-chair of the training and capabilities workstream of the National Bundle of Care for Children and Young People with Asthma. She was appointed as National Clinical Lead for CYP Asthma at NHS England in May 2022

Laura Self

I am a practice clinical pharmacist with a special interest in asthma at The Grove Medical Practice, Newcastle. I work with the Childrens Health and Wellbeing Network as a Pharmacy Advisor across the NENC geography and am passionate about promoting great asthma in children across the North East and Cumbria.

Carol Barwick

I am a Children’s Respiratory Nurse Specialist for South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS foundation trust . I work with the Childrens Health and Wellbeing Network as a Community Asthma  Advisor across the NENC ICS . I am looking forward to taking part in the NECPAAC and networking with professionals across the NENC to improve Children and Young peoples quality of life .

Clare Caygill

I am a Specialist Community Public Health nurse working in the 5-19 service for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in the Stockton locality. Working with the Child Health and Wellbeing Network NENC as a Community Asthma Advisor .I am passionate about making a difference to children and young people and improving asthma care in the NENC. 

Dr Samantha Moss

I have worked with children with asthma for over 15 years and have been passionate about improving their care.  I have also been involved with local and national projects including beat asthma

Dr Liz McLellan

My name is Dr Liz McLellan and I am a Consultant Paediatrician at the Great North Children’s Hospital. I have a specialist interest in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and have worked within the asthma team. I contributed to the E-Learning for Healthcare asthma module. 


Dr Ahmed Hegab, Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in respiratory, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Louise Dauncey, CHWN Network Delivery Manager

Paediatric Asthma Northeast and North Cumbria committee (PAN-NEC)

Registration fee:

Registration fee £30 per person

A defined number of places will be allocated to school settings/housing providers and these will be subsidised. Further details to follow.


One of our main goals is to showcase high quality research and best practice in the field of paediatric asthma and allergy. Please share your project work with us by submitting a poster. Successful applicants will be required to attend the conference.Top scoring authors invited to present at plenary.