Asthma UK

18 Mansell Street,
London,
E1 8AA
United Kingdom

Tel: 0300 222 5800

Email: hr@asthma.org.uk

About Asthma UK

Asthma UK is a charity dedicated to stopping asthma attacks and, ultimately, finding a cure for asthma. The charity funds world class asthma research, campaigns to improve the quality of care received by people with asthma and provides hundreds of thousands of people a year with expert advice and support.

Founded in 1927 as the Asthma Research Council, Asthma UK now has around 90 employees and a head office in London. Asthma UK is a membership based charity and over half its 16-strong trustee board is directly elected.

Around 1 in 11 people in the UK has asthma, the charity says, a figure which includes 1.1 million children. Every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die each day. Asthma UK estimates that two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented while others suffer from an asthma so severe that current treatments can’t affect it.

Asthma UK has a long history of funding research into asthma, and has spent more than £50m on research over the last 25 years. Currently the charity is two years into a three year research strategy. The aims of the strategy are to fund research which improves the lives of people living with asthma, work towards asthma cures, increase the number of asthma researchers in the UK, encourage collaboration between scientists and funders, and support ongoing evaluation of the charity’s research achievements.

Asthma UK is a member of the Association for Medical Research Charities and ensures all its medical research is carried out to the highest standards.

Asthma UK provides health advice to people who have asthma and parents of children with asthma. The advice covers areas such as understanding asthma, asthma triggers, inhalers, medicines and treatments and managing asthma. The charity runs a helpline offering independent, confidential advice from asthma specialists.

In its campaigning work, Asthma UK makes sure the voice of people with asthma is heard by the government and the NHS. Recent successes include making it legal for schools to keep spare emergency inhalers and the 2012 publication of an NHS strategy to improve asthma care.

Asthma UK says its package of employee benefits is above what is normally offered in the charity sector. Benefits include a 35 hour week, annual salary reviews, enhanced maternity and paternity pay as well as a raft of family friendly policies.

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