Clinical Immunology Committee

Clinical Immunologists in the UK see a large number of allergy patients and a published audit has shown that clinical immunologists throughout the UK contribute significantly to the unmet allergy needs highlighted by the Royal College of Physicians report ‘Allergy the Unmet Need’. In many UK cities, Clinical Immunologists take the leading role in running ‘allergy centres’ and providing specialist services including desensitisation.

However, Clinical Immunologists are required to divide their time between allergy, and immunodeficiency, autoimmunity/vasculitis. The idea of a Clinical Immunology sub-committee of the BSACI was initiated from discussions within the BSACI in 2006. The aim was to develop two way communication between Clinical Immunologists (and their nursing colleagues) and allergists.

Dr Joe Unsworth was the founding chair and the first meeting took place in January 2007. Three meetings annually are planned (1 full meeting and 2 telephone conferences). The committee focuses on allergy and the immunology/allergy interface. The members are involved in BSACI practice guidelines, registration / accreditation issues, laboratory isssues and help with the programme at the BSACI annual meetings.

Dr Philip Doré took over the Chair in January 2012 and retired in December 2013. The current Chair is Dr Yousuf Karim.

Dr Karim has been a consultant immunologist at Frimley Park and Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals since 2004. He practices in Allergy, Autoimmunity and Immunodeficiency. He trained under Dr Lawrence Youlten in Allergy, and Prof Graham Hughes in Connective Tissue Diseases. He has a special interest in autoimmune disease, including SLE and vasculitis. He has a desire to see the Immunologists and Allergists working more closely together, from Trainee level up to Consultant level. 

The committee is currently looking at the relationship with the BSI-CIAS (British Society of Immunology Clinical Immunology and Allergy Section) and the introduction of IQAS (Improving Quality in Allergy Services) registration and accreditation.

For further details on the committee and its work please contact info@bsaci.org

Why Clinical Immunologists should join the BSACI

The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) is the National, Professional and Academic Society representing the specialty of Allergy at all levels. Clinical Immunologists provide a significant proportion of tertiary Allergy care throughout the United Kingdom, and our engagement with the BSACI is therefore important. Being a member of the BSACI is helpful in providing access to:

  • Free national training days in Allergy for trainees.
  • Free admission to the annual national BSACI conference for trainees and discounted rates for members.
  • Access to the prestigious journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy both online and paper copy.
  • Access to and input into expert guidelines.
  • A forum for influencing the provision and implementation of Allergy care in the United Kingdom, through the representatives on the Immunology sub-committee.

For a full list of benefits of membership click here

Allergy forms a large part of the clinical responsibilities of Immunologists, and therefore involvement in the National Society is vital in ensuring appropriate training of future Immunology consultants, and ensuring the highest level of tertiary Allergy care nationally.

 To read more about the relationship between Allergy and Immunology click here to read a report by a working group convened by the BSACI.

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