Who we are

Chair

Lucy Common is a clinical nurse specialist in Immunology and Allergy at Salford Royal Hospital, where she has been in post since 2010. Prior to this, she was an adult nurse specialist in allergy for 3 years at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Lucy has experience in running nurse-led general allergy clinics and Immunotherapy clinics and also being involved in drug desensitisation and drug and food challenge procedures.

Lucy completed her MSc in Allergy at Southampton University in 2010 and has recently become a non-medical prescriber after completing the course at Salford University in August 2018.

 

Vice-chair and Membership Secretary

Kelly Parker has been the Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust since September 2017 where she continues to implement nurse-led services within allergy, prior to this post she was the Paediatric Allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist at East and North Herts NHS Trust where she established the nurse-led services within the Allergy Department including a nurse-led eczema clinic which is her particular area of interest. Kelly has a keen focus on driving forward Nurse-led services.

Kelly also participates in allergy training days for local GP’s.

 

Conference Representative

Rachel Griffin is the lead clinical nurse specialist for Paediatric Allergy at Imperial College NHS Trust; she has experience delivering allergy care in the community, primary secondary and tertiary level services.

Adult Representative

Jill Edmonds qualified as an adult nurse in 2001 and since then has been working in a variety of areas including Accident & Emergency, Intensive care and Cardiology. She began working in Immunology in 2015 and has been the lead nurse for the last two years. She now sits on the BSACI nurse committee and is a trustee of UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN). She has a special interest in drug allergy, particularly peri-operative anaphylaxis and is currently writing her dissertation assessing the benefits of these particular specialist clinics.

Secretary

Alyson Barber has worked as a Paediatric Allergy Nurse Specialist at the tertiary service at the Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust for 6 years. She has studied to Postgraduate Certificate level as an ANP in Maternal & Child Health and is a non-medical prescriber.  She Joint manages a small team of nurses that help support allergy clinics, oral food challenges, drug challenges, avoidance advice & AAI training to patients, families, training in schools and nurseries.  Helping to develop a nurse-led SLIT & SCIT service.

She undertakes nurse-led allergy clinics, seeing both new and review patients, and is presently seconded as a specialist Allergy Research nurse working on clinical trials.

Paediatric Representative

Hannah Stupple has recently joined the Paediatric Allergy team at The Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. Prior to joining the team at The Evelina, she was part of the Paediatric Allergy Research team at St Mary’s Hospital, working on both peanut and cow’s milk immunotherapy trials. Her first exposure to the world of allergy was during her time working at The Harley Street Clinic and The Portland Hospital where she first began supporting consultant clinics, establishing a nurse-led challenge and immunotherapy service. Before qualifying as a nurse she obtained a BSc in psychology at Newcastle University. She completed her MSc last year with my final piece of work centring around the quality of life in teenagers with food allergy.

Allergy is a fascinating speciality to work in, my depth of empathy for my patients drives me to provide the highest standards of care to each patient and family I meet.

 

Primary Care representative

Jackie Gaventa is a Health Visitor, Team Leader and Practice Teacher. She was awarded Fellow of The Institute of Health Visiting in 2015 for outstanding leadership and contribution to the profession.

Jackie has worked across North London as a Health Visitor for more than 30 years, supporting children and families in different communities. She has a wealth of experience in public health, child development and safeguarding.

Jackie is currently based in Whittington Health – Haringey, where she is leading on Health Visitor Prescribing and Managing Minor Ailments in children as part of the roll-out of the Healthy Child Programme.

Jackie has a special interest in the early identification of allergic disease in infants, signposting for assessment in allergy clinic, and supporting children and their families before and after diagnosis. Jackie has worked with colleagues across primary and secondary care to develop local Community Allergy Clinics.

In 2018 Jackie was awarded Health Visitor of the Year by Whittington Health for her role in supporting children and families with allergy.

Twitter account/social media presence representative

Tiffany North

Paediatric allergy nurse

Website co-ordinator

Deborah Hughes

I qualified as an adult nurse at St Bartholomew’s School of Nursing in 1996. I have worked within medicine,  ENT and day surgery.  I became a CNS in Allergy and Immunology at Manchester in 2005, gaining experience in both centres with exposure to immunology and allergy including food and drug challenges.  During this time I gained my CAS in Allergy (Imperial University )  I was a unit manager at Sheffield then came home to work at Royal Stoke Hospital. Royal Stoke is an emerging service and recently gained both accreditations in Allergy and Immunology (IQAS/ QPIDS). To support my ANP role at Stoke I am in my second year of MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Cumbria University).

 

Announcement

BSACI Statement on the MHRA Guidance 10.12.2020

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