Primary Care Group

Committed to Supporting and Developing Primary Care Allergy Services

The Primary Care Group was started in 2007 and is a multidisciplinary group. The primary care committee consists of general practitioners with a variety of backgrounds and training, practice nurses/specialist community nurses, a health visitor, a paediatrician and a community dietitian, to learn more about them click here.The present Chairperson is Joanne Walsh.

We hope this website acts as a quick reference educational resource for the busy primary care worker seeing allergy patients and also as a forum for those with a specialist interest.        

Context
The Health and Social Care Act will place an emphasis on integrated care and patient experience measures. 

Aims    

  • To support GPs within the commissioning environment and show case examples of good practice

  • To reflect the needs of the primary care workforce 

  • To support the development of GPWSI - documents currently under review 

  • The translation of guidelines from secondary care to primary care 

  • Representation on NICE guidelines, RCPCH guidelines and NASG advice on policy and integrated care 

  • Liaise with stakeholders and allergy charities 

  • Lobby for allergy to be included and represented adequately in the QOF and quality standards library 

  • Help to develop a national network of GPs 

  • Look at undergraduate and postgraduate training in allergy 

  • Creation of allergy as clinical priority in RCGP with clinical champions and affiliation with RCGP

  • To support regional allergy training days via bursaries 

  • Creation of educational materials for allergy

  • To help define quality care in general practice 

  • To identify research needs in primary care and allergy 

  • Support European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) primary care


Work in progress

  • BSACI Regional Primary Care Allergy Training Day Bursaries - for details on how members' can apply click here, to see scheduled training days click here

  • GPWSI – under review

  • Paperwork submitted to RCGP for consideration as spotlight project or clinical priority(2016).

  • Paperwork submitted to support need for more allergy in RCGP curriculum and the form this could take.

If you are a Primary care worker with an interest in allergy please contact our Training and Education Coordinator Marie Gibbs on marie@bsaci.org with details of your position and centre in order for us to establish the regional interest in allergy nationwide.  

For information on Primary Care Guidelines, please click here

Papers mentioned:
Department of Health. Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, UK 2010
Royal College of Physicians. Allergy : the unmet need. London RCP,2003.
Royal College of Physicians. Allergy  services: still not meeting the unmet need. London RCP,2010.
Haahtela T, von Hertzen L and Mäkelä M. Allergy Programme Working Group. Finnish Allergy programme 2008-2018 – time to act and change the course. Allergy 2008 63 (6): 634-45
Goodwin N, Smith J. Davies A, Perry C, Rosen R, Dixon A, Dixon J and Ham, C. Integrated care for patients and populations: Improving outcomes by working together. The Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust (Access date: 31.05.12) Available at: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/future_forum_report.html  

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