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 issues and help with the programme at the BSACI annual meetings.
The committee comprises of:
Dr Tomaz Garcez (Chair)
Dr Robert Yellon (Trainee rep)
Dr Sarah Johnston
Dr Lucy Leeman
Dr Sorena Kiani
Dr Colin Dayan (Co-opted, Chair of BSI Clinical Committee)