Primary Care Group - Who are we?
JOANNE WALSH - CHAIR
Jo is a part- time GP in Norfolk. Having qualified from The University of Manchester, she worked in several paediatric posts in the North of England before commencing her GP training in East Anglia. She has always incorporated her interest in Paediatrics into her daily practice and now combines this with her interest in allergy. She was involved in the food allergy aspect of the RCPCH paediatric allergy pathway project and also with the NICE guideline on Diagnosis and Assessment of Food Allergy in Children. She also holds an associate tutor post at The University of East Anglia, involved in teaching undergraduate medical students.
Elizabeth Angier is a general practitioner based in Derbyshire and she is also part of a multidisciplinary team at an Allergy unit in Sheffield. Liz has interests in health policy , integrated care, service improvement , education and Guidelines. She was the previous Chair of the Primary Care Group of the BSACI and is the current Secretary of the EAACI Primary Care Group .She has been a Clinical Fellow at the National Leadership Academy ,and previous Chair of RCGP Sheffield faculty. She has lectured widely and enjoys participating in interdisciplinary debates and presentations.She is committed to improving the care of patients with Allergy in primary care, and is keen to look at ways of enhancing communication between all primary care workers and the wider health care system
Trevor began his medical career as a Principal in General Practice. He then retrained to, in turn, become a general paediatrician, a paediatrician with an interest in asthma, a paediatrician with an interest in allergy and now over the past 7 years a paediatic allergist. All these paediatric posts have been at the same large secondary care level DGH teaching hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is not a tertiary level paediatric allergist. You could say that his personal ‘allergy march’ has in the timing of it, simply been following the ‘allergy epidemic’ that the children in the community which his hospital serves have been experiencing over these past several decades. He has recently been a member of the working groups developing National Care Pathways for children with atopic eczema, allergic rhinitis, asthma and food allergy. Most recently he has been a member of both the NICE Food Allergy and the NICE Anaphylaxis Guideline Development Groups. His main clinical interest is in food allergy, particularly cow's milk allergy and his main service interest is in developing educational initiatives and tools for the better understanding of childhood allergy syndromes in primary care.
Sue is the Clinical Lead for Allergy and Paediatric Respiratory at Education for Health in Warwick. She also works part-time in Essex as a Health Visitor. Sue has also worked as a Practice nurse utilising her asthma/allergy skills and as a School Nurse and District Nurse in the past. She is the Nurse Advisor to the Anaphylaxis Campaign and wrote their AllergyWise training programmes for school nurses and trainers, families, carers and individuals and the new training course for GPs and practice nurses available in 2012.Sue was involved in the Resuscitation Council Guidelines on Anaphylaxis in 2008, the NICE guidelines on food allergy in children (CG116) and NICE guidelines on Anaphylaxis (CG134) published in 2011.
Dermot Ryan is a GP in Loughborough with a long term interest in Allergy. Like most GP’s he has had no formal
allergy training but is concerned at the lack of structured care
available to patients in the UK. He participated in the Royal College of
Physician’s Allergy the Unmet need Working party in 2003 and in The
IPCRG and BSACI guidelines on Allergic Rhinitis. He is the Allergy lead
for both PCRS and IPCRG and is currently working within the EAACI
primary care allergy task force
Lisa qualified as a dietitian in
1989 and was awarded her PhD on nutrition in children with chronic renal
insufficiency in 2002. She moved into the community in 2001 and has
since specialised in food allergy, particularly relating to recognition
and diagnosis of allergy. Lisa has jointly produced the document
‘Guidance on the management of lactose intolerance and cow’s milk
protein allergy and the prescription of specialised infant formula’ for
Nottinghamshire Area Prescribing Committee. She was a member of the
NICE food allergy guidelines group (2010), a member of the RCPCH food
allergy care pathway working group (2010) and was awarded the Education
for Health Allergy degree module in 2011.
Dr Doyle MRCP(UK) FRCGP is a full time GP in Jersey and has worked in the UK and overseas. He joined the BSACI and EAACI in 2010 after studying Allergy at Imperial College and St Mary’s Hospital in London and completing a Certificate of Advanced Study in Allergic Medicine. He was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Groups for Anaphylaxis and Drug Allergy. He has written on Allergy guidelines for publications aimed at General Practice and has been involved in developing commissioning guidance for the RCGP and RCR. He is an Expert Resource in Allergy for the Clinical Innovation and Research Unit at the RCGP and is committed to exploring ways in which Primary Care can better provide for patients with Allergic disease.
Since retiring as Allergy UK’s Clinical Director, Maureen runs a primary care allergy clinic in West Sussex.
Maureen worked in Intensive Care for many years, then in a Community Hospital, prior to running a nurse-led primary care walk-in clinic and asthma service for 9 years. For the next 13 years, she ran a Primary Care allergy service, also working P/T with specific immunotherapy. She was an original Trustee of The British Allergy Foundation (BAF) - now Allergy UK, which in 2000 successfully lobbied for Government funding to train primary care clinicians. Maureen established the DH funded Allergy UK Diploma course with the University of Greenwich, training days for educational staff and allergy masterclasses.
Maureen has represented Allergy UK at international meetings and interdisciplinary groups, including House of Commons Select Committee and House of Lords inquiries into allergy services, NICE and the FSA. She has written many articles on allergy and contributed to radio and TV programmes, including the Dispatches intervention project documentary, “How to beat your kid’s asthma”
Two of Maureen’s children have allergic diseases, one is anaphylactic.
Mandy has been the National Coordinator at the Anaphylaxis Campaign since 2003 and is responsible for major projects and campaigns such as the current work to allow schools to hold a spare adrenaline injector for use in emergencies. She is also the charity’s main external representative having worked on all the NICE guidelines and Quality Standards as well as the RCPCH Care Pathways project and the current NAP 6 audit of anaphylaxis during anaesthesia. Mandy also attends a number of health related coalitions and was part of the working group that succeeded in placing a statutory duty on schools to support children which health conditions and is the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s main media spokesperson.
Mandy East also coordinates the work of the National Allergy Strategy Group working to improve NHS allergy services and runs the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Allergy.
Both these roles mean she is in regular contact with those who live with allergy day to day as well as the medics who care for them and as a result she is excellently placed to advocate on their behalf.