Allergy Academy – Allergy Tailored Courses
The UK has the highest prevalence of allergic disease in the world. With over 15,000 patient contacts per year, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals are one of the largest providers of specialist allergy care for adults and children in Europe. Situated in the centre of London, the department of Allergy has been accredited by GALEN as a centre of clinical excellence and has as an internationally renowned programme of clinical and laboratory research.
The Allergy department is able to offer a range of specialist courses designed to develop the allergy knowledge of a broad range of healthcare practitioners, from family doctors and dieticians to established specialists. Courses are developed individually to suit the specific needs of the audience and range from small workshops to large scale lecture based teaching.
Our large faculty of adult and paediatric allergists have a long tradition of active involvement in post graduate Allergology education for doctors from around the world, using the most innovative teaching methods. The Allergy Academy, a large postgraduate teaching initiative, has been running successfully for 8 years. It provides a broad range of educational opportunities for doctors, nurses and dieticians from both specialist and non-specialist background with events ranging from basic overviews of allergy to practical delivery of new advances in treatment.
The experience we have from running this programme, together with our access to the most innovative teaching methods, such as high fidelity simulators, make us uniquely placed to provide world class education for your needs.
Courses are developed to your specific needs but examples of recent international course include 1-2 day events on Food Allergy, Respiratory Allergy, Immunotherapy and Drug Allergy. Other examples include Allergy & the Skin, Milk Allergy, and Gastrointestinal Allergy (run jointly with faculty from Paediatric Gastroenterology at Great Ormond Street Hospital). Please contact us for more details of the specific programmes.
Our courses can be designed for 5-50 delegates. Sessions include interactive lectures (using audience response devices where appropriate), practical sessions using high fidelity simulators in our state of the art simulation facility, and tours of our clinical areas, clinical research facility and laboratories. Clinical fellowships are tailored to your specific requirements and if you have a specific interest in a particular area e.g. food allergy, drug allergy, allergen immunotherapy then simply let us know.
The clinical fellowships are run by the Department of Allergy. Allergy Services are divided into the Paediatric Allergy service at St Thomas’ Hospital and Adult Allergy service at Guy’s Hospital. The Academic Department of Allergy is fully integrated into the clinical service and is part of King’s College London. Clinical leads for Allergy are Profession Gideon Lack and Dr Adam Fox.
Why run a course with us?
- Tailored content provided by a world class faculty
- Central London location with excellent lecture theatres in a prestigious hospital setting
- Innovative teaching techniques such as high fidelity simulation
- Optional video packages, allowing delegates to keep a record of the course
- Unique opportunity for practical tours of both clinical and research facilities as well as options to extend visit to include clinical observation.
- Logistical support around travel, accommodation and social programmes
Adult Allergy Service
The Adult Allergy service is based at Guy’s Hospital and is one of only 5 full time allergy centres in the UK. It is the country’s largest and busiest allergy centre, taking referrals nationally. In 2013/14 the department saw 4,114 new patients, 4,933 follow up as well as 580 day cases.
Our Adult immunotherapy service has around 260 patients currently receiving active subcutaneous or sublingual treatment. We also provide a specialist service for patients with difficult asthma as well as a transitional clinic for adolescents. There are also specialist clinics in drug allergy as food allergy together with joint clinics with the Dermatology team from the St John’s Institute of Dermatology, for patients with severe eczema.
The department has a long established reputation for pushing forward the frontiers in both clinical care and academic research. The department has been identified by the Department of Health as a Centre of Excellence and is approved as a provider of highly specialised Allergy services by NHS (National Health Service) England.
Consultant staff include Professor Chris Corrigan, Dr Rubaiyat Haque, Dr Stephen Till and Dr Rosa Caballero. The service is one of very few accredited UK training centres for Adult Allergy and currently has 4 trainees.
The department’s expertise in areas such as immunotherapy, food allergy and drug allergy provides training opportunities not available to trainees, adult or paediatric, elsewhere.
The Adult Academic programme is led by Professor Chris Corrigan and is part of an academic collaboration with Imperial College within the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, created in 2005. Current research strands include the Inflammation and Airways Structure Programme. The strategy of this is to translate basic science and technology into new understanding of the influence of the environment on asthma pathogenesis and control, and then translate this back into new avenues for patient care in the short to medium term.
The programme harnesses the considerable weight of basic asthma research infrastructure around the MRC and Asthma UK Centre for Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, which is strongly founded in basic and developmental immunology (Professor Hawrylowicz), smooth muscle physiology (Professor Ward) and genomics (Dr Lavender), the Randall Institute which focuses (amongst other things) on IgE structure and function (Professors Gould and Sutton), and the unique capacity for environmental analysis afforded by the KCL environmental research unit (Professor Frank Kelly) and opportunities for epidemiological research on the effects of environmental influences such as Vitamin D status on asthma control though collaboration with Professor Chris Griffiths at QMW College.
Children’s Allergy Service
The Department of Paediatric Allergy was set up in 2006 in response to demand. The research component of the paediatric service is based in a dedicated 6 bedded Clinical Research Facility in the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. It is currently the site of numerous large interventional studies focussing on allergy prevention and treatment.
The clinical area is dedicated exclusively to Paediatric Allergy and Paediatric Dermatology. The new Children’s Allergy Service is an integrated clinical and academic unit led by Professor Gideon Lack.
There are currently 5 consultant Paediatric Allergists in the department – Professor Gideon Lack, Dr Adam Fox, Dr George du Toit, Dr Susan Chan and Dr Helen Brough. There are 2 further Senior Lecturers also within the department – Dr Michael Perkin and Dr Carsten Flohr and one clinical lecturer (Dr Tom Marrs).
The department is a National Grid training centre for trainees in Paediatric Allergy and we currently have 2 National Grid SpRs. In 2007 the service was chosen for inspection by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee as an example of high quality specialist care. The service was recognised by GALEN in 2012 as a Centre of Outstanding Excellence and also chosen as one of 5 international centres to form the ‘Centres of Excellence’ educational programme by the Serono Symposia International Foundation.
The Children’s Allergy Service can be broadly divided into clinical and academic components although every effort has been made to ensure that the two elements of the service closely interlink. The clinical service is a based in a custom built space, opened in 2009, which houses clinical and academic staff. The clinical area is dedicated exclusively to Paediatric Allergy and Paediatric Dermatology. It has been specifically designed so that there are sufficient rooms for trainees to work alongside consultants in a multidisciplinary environment.
All clinics run with a dedicated specialist dietician as well as specialist nursing support that provides allergy testing, management advice, education and support. A ratio of one nurse to each consultant clinic list provides an optimal environment for adequately supporting any trainees.
Day case food and drug challenges as well as immunotherapy are carried out in a dedicated 9 bedded ward bay (Elizabeth Day Care Unit). Minor day attendee activity, such as vaccinations for children at risk of allergic reactions, are carried out in the general paediatric day care ward (Arctic) in the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Around 20 General Paediatric clinics are held weekly, within the department, often alongside Paediatric Dermatology clinics, facilitating joint working. All clinics are consultant led and are supported by nurses and specialist Paediatric dieticians.
Skin prick testing, atopy patch testing, lung function testing, exhaled nitric oxide measurement, adrenaline auto-injector training and allergen avoidance advice are all available for patients during their visit. For more complex patients, there are monthly specialist clinics in drug allergy and urticaria as well as a monthly joint Allergy/Dermatology clinic, joint Allergy/Respiratory clinics, 2 monthly joint Allergy/Gastroenterology clinic (with GI team from Great Ormond St) and intermittent joint Allergy/ENT clinics.
The service also has unique expertise in Drug Desensitisation where the Evelina Children’s Hospital High Dependency Care facilities are used for drug desensitisation protocols. This service is led by Dr George Du Toit.
In addition to our active research programmes, the Allergy department also contributes to academic life internationally, with large numbers of abstracts and presentations around the world as well as contributing to peer review for numerous funding bodies and journals as well as providing editorials for academic journals. Our faculty have served on the editorial boards of journals including Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Clinical & Experimental Allergy, European Respiratory Journal, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology and Paediatric Allergy.
The staff of our department includes numerous international opinion leaders, who are regularly invited to lecture around the world. Areas of expertise extend to all aspects of allergy, both clinical and academic.
The Academic Department of Allergy is fully integrated into the clinical service and is part of King’s College London. Clinical Leads for Allergy are Professor Gideon Lack and Dr Adam Fox.
In addition to our active research programmes, the Allergy department also contributes to academic life internationally, with large numbers of abstracts and presentations around the world as well as contributing to peer review for numerous funding bodies and journals as well as providing editorials for academic journals. Our faculty have served on the editorial boards of journals including Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Clinical & Experimental Allergy, European Respiratory Journal, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Allergy.
Professor Gideon Lack | Head of Paediatric Service & Joint Clinical Lead for Allergy
Gideon read medicine at Oxford University before training as a Paediatrician in New York, and then specialising in Paediatric and Adult Allergy in Denver, Colorado. He led the Department of Paediatric
Allergy and Immunology at St. Mary’s Hospital, London for 12 years and became Professor of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College London in 2005. He moved to King’s College London at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in May 2006.
His research has focused on severe childhood asthma, peanut allergy and new strategies to prevent and treat food allergies, eczema, asthma, and hay fever in children and adults. He is the principal investigator of the LEAP and EAT studies. His clinical expertise includes allergic asthma, anaphylaxis, and desensitising vaccines to treat hay fever and other allergies. He was awarded the Bill Frankland Award for his contribution to Allergy by the BSACI in 2010.
Dr Adam Fox | Joint Clinical Lead of Allergy and Director of Fellowship Programme / Allergy Academy
Adam read Medicine and Neuroscience at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at University College, London. Adam chaired the Department of Health commissioned RCPCH National Care Pathway for Food Allergy in Childhood and was part of the National Institute of Healthcare and Clinical
Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline development group for Assessment and Diagnosis of Food Allergy in Children. He is secretary of the BSACI and Chair of the Advisory Board of Allergy UK.
Adam’s research interests relate to numerous aspects of allergy especially food allergy and immunotherapy. He is a Reader in Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London and his doctoral thesis on Peanut Allergy was awarded the Raymond Horton-Smith prize by Cambridge University.
Professor Chris Corrigan | Professor of Allergy & Consultant Allergist
Chris is a Professor in the Department of Asthma, Allergy & Respiratory Science at KCL. His particular research interests include therapy resistant asthma and severe phenotypes of asthma and he runs the hospital’s difficult asthma clinic.
He also leads one of the UK’s largest allergen immunotherapy services atGuy’s Hospital and has an international reputation for his research in this area. He was awarded the Bill Frankland Award for his contribution to Allergy by the BSACI in 2007.
Dr George du Toit | Consultant Paediatric Allergist
George du Toit is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. George trained as a Paediatrician and then further specialised in Paediatric Allergy and Asthma at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town, Allergy Diagnostic Clinical Research Unit. In 2000, George took up a post as Consultant Paediatric Allergist at Imperial College London, St Mary’s Hospital, moving to the Children’s Allergy Service at St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. George runs dedicated clinics in paediatric food allergy, drug allergy and chronic urticaria at the Evelina Children’s Hospital.
George is the Co-Investigator on two NIH-funded research studies aimed at the prevention of peanut allergy titled the “LEAP” and “LEAP-On” Studies. Additional research interests include exercise induced anaphylaxis syndromes where George is Visiting Professor to the department of sport and exercise sciences, Northumbria University. George is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Child Health, University of Cape Town where research is focusing on the rise of food allergy in the developing world.
Dr Stephen Till | Consultant Allergist
Stephen has been a Consultant Physician specialising in Adult Allergy and a Principal Investigator running a research group at King’s College London since 2011. He is. He initially graduated with a science degree from Oxford before pursuing a PhD in the immunological mechanisms of allergy at Imperial College
London. He then decided to study medicine, and subsequently completed 8 years of post-graduate training in internal medicine and allergy.
In 2009 he received the World Allergy Organisation Henning Lowenstein Award for Allergy Research. He was recently awarded funding as Chief Investigator from the Medical Research Council and National
Institute for Health Research to set up a randomised control trial of low dose intradermal grass pollen immunotherapy. In addition, he has research interests in mucosal immunology and food allergy.
Dr Michael Perkin | Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy
Michael is a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy. His clinical training has included working in the paediatric allergy departments at both St Mary’s Hospital and Southampton General Hospital. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy at King’s and he is principal investigator of the enquiring about tolerance (EAT) study, a unique large randomised controlled trial seeking to reduce the prevalence of food allergy of infants in the developed world.
He held a Welcome Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology under the supervision of Professor David Strachan, the original proponent of the hygiene hypothesis. His PhD was on the relationships between the farming environment and atopy in children and his research interests are the epidemiology of allergy.
Dr Carsten Flohr | Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dermatology
Dr Carsten Flohr is a consultant dermatologist and senior lecturer. He studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities before training in paediatrics and dermatology. He is the first UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinician scientist in dermatology and also holds a NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship. Dr Carsten Flohr is an international expert on childhood eczema and its links with other allergic diseases.
He also has a keen interest in evidence-based dermatology, dermato-epidemiology, and clinical trials. Carsten is a steering committee member of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), Promotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial (PROBIT), European Dermato- Epidemiology Network (EDEN) and The European Task Force for Atopic Dermatitis (ETFAD).
Dr Rubaiyat Haque | Consultant Allergist
Rubaiyat studied medicine at Cambridge University followed by clinical training at Bart’s and The London.
After a period of asthma research at Imperial College, he returned to Cambridge to undertake specialist training in Allergy before taking up his current consultant post at Guy’s where he takes a lead role in the management of the adult allergy department and runs the drug allergy service.
Dr Helen Brough | Consultant Paediatric Allergist
Helen studied Medicine at King’s College, Cambridge University before completing her clinical training at the Royal Free & University College London Medical School. Helen then completed an MSc in Allergy gaining a distinction at the University of Southampton. Helen completed her PhD at King’s College London researching into mechanisms of peanut allergic sensitisation and gene expression in peanut allergy.
Helen’s particular interests are in food allergy prevention and diagnostics. Helen has written a book in Paediatrics (Rapid Paediatrics and Child Health) and was awarded ‘Health Professional of the Year’ runner up in 2010 by Coeliac UK.
Dr Susan Chan | Consultant Paediatric Allergist
Susan is a Clinical Research Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She graduated from King’s College London and completed her Paediatric training in London. Her areas of interest are the dermatological aspects of allergic disease, clinical and laboratory research work.
She runs a joint Paediatric Allergy/Dermatology clinic with colleagues from the St John’s Institute of Dermatology.
Dr Rosa Caballero | Clinical Research Fellow
Rosa completed her training in Allergy at the University Clinic of Navarra (Spain). Following her clinical training, she undertook research into the mechanisms and in vitro diagnosis of drug allergy. This has led to a PhD, which she obtained with “Cum Laude” distinction from the same University. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology at the
Georgetown University Medical Centre, Washington DC, combining both interests in research and clinical work. She joined the Department of Asthma and Allergy at Guy’s Hospital in 2005.
Her particular interests are drug allergy, immunotherapy and promotion of allergy service for adolescent patients. She supervises a PhD project in “Genetic epidemiology in patients suffering from immediate allergic reactions to betalactam antibiotics” at King’s College London.
For details of Allergy Academy courses, please visit www.allergyacademy.org
The cost of courses will vary according to the size of the faculty and number of delegates as well as the specifics of the package required. Please get in touch with us so that we can discuss your needs.
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