Nurses specialising in Allergy

The Nurses in Allergy group was formed in 2005. We are nurses who work and have specialist expertise, knowledge and interest in allergy. It is our mission to improve and extend the quality of nursing care of patients with allergic disease. We aim to collaborate with other professional bodies and voluntary patient groups to raise awareness and understanding of allergy and its management, and to act as patient advocates.   

Objective: The objective of the nurses group is to act as a resource for nurses working in the field of allergy, and to support nurses new to the specialism to further develop their skills and competence in this area. 

Allergy is an area where nurses play an integral part within the multidisciplinary team. Group members are actively involved in the clinical care of people with allergic disease as well as playing key roles as in research and innovation in the management of allergic disease. The Nurses group provides an ideal opportunity for nurses to be involved in developing and influencing guidelines and policy within the BSACI. 

Nurses in Allergy Committee:
We have an expert committee of nurses which meets 3 times per year, to discuss nursing issues in the field of allergy. Many of our committee members feed into other national groups, e.g. Royal College of Nursing Immunology & Allergy Group, National Allergy Advisory Group (NAAG), development of NICE guidelines etc. 

Committee members are actively involved in conducting national audits, producing BSACI guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) through the Standards of Care Committee and help with planning the Allied Health Care Programme at the annual BSACI conference. 

The committee maintains a database of nurses working in allergy and aims to communicate with group members on a regular basis to share information. We also have an email forum where members can ask for advice or support from other group members.  If you have a question you would like to be sent out to the group, please send it to bsacinurses@googlegroups.com.

The committee has 10 members, each who serve a 3 year term. We are very friendly and inclusive - so please contact us at bsacinurses@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about how to become a future committee member. 

Current committee members and roles are: 
 
Deb Marriage  - Chair and council member (photo on left)(Bristol Royal Hospital for Children)

Alyson Barber - Role to be arranged (Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Janette Bartle  - Meetings minute taker (Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust)

Lucy Common  - IQAS nurse representative (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)

Brenda DeWitt  - Membership Secretary and web site administrator (Leeds Children's Hospital)

Roisin Fitzsimons – BSACI Conference nurse representative (St Thomas' Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)

Jackie Gaventa - BSACI Primary Group nursing representative (Whittington Health NHS Trust)

Kelly Parker - BSACI Paediatric Group nursing representative (Lister Hospital, East North Herts NHS Trust)

Kathryn Powrie  - IQAS nurse representative (Broomfield Hospital, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust)

Andrew Williams - Vice Chair (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)

 
SOPs
 
The BSACI Nurses in Allergy Group have developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for use in allergy clinics, please click on the links below:-

Adrenaline Auto-injectors
 
How to use a nasal spray  

Nasal douching

Omalizumab

Paediatric Skin Prick Testing

Adult Skin Prick Testing

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) 

Permission has been received to share the following SOP on the BSACI website.

A Guide To Performing Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry

SOPs in Development (coming soon):

Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT)

 
Nursing Competency Assessment:

We have also developed a competency based assessment tool for nurses new to allergy, click here to view
 

Contact Us:

If you are interested in joining our Nurses group, please contact us at: bsacinurses@gmail.com

You can also follow us on Twitter at: @BSACInurses 








 

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