Standards of Care Committee Members
Dr Andrew Clark - Chair
Andrew Clark is a consultant in paediatric allergy at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. His research portfolio explores the underlying mechanisms of food allergy resolution, clinical and epidemiological features of food allergy, use of diagnostic tests and the impact of a comprehensive management approach on food allergy outcome. More recently he has led translational studies of desensitisation for children with severe food allergy. Dr Clark is chair of the Standards of Care Committee of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dr Liz Angier
Liz Angier is currently a GP working in the community and in hospital at an Allergy unit in Sheffield. She has an interest in Health Policy and Service Improvement having just been made a Clinical Fellow at the National Leadership Academy.
She joined SOCC in 2013 and has also done Map of Medicine pathways and is a member of the RCGP Clinical Expert group and her local CCG Clinical Reference Group. She has an interest in multidisciplinary working and translating secondary care guidelines. She recently joined the NHS England Quality and Safety G Teaching Faculty.
Dr Nicola Brathwaite
Nicola Brathwaite FRCPCH, FCPaed(SA) is a consultant paediatric allergist at Kings College Hospital, London, since 2005. She completed her paediatric and allergy training in South Africa. She is a former editor of BSACI Allergy Update and former BSACI council member and chair of the BSACI Communications committee and a current member of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee. She represented the RCPCH on the NICE Pharmalgen Venom Immunotherapy technology appraisal and was the lead for the Latex allergy pathway in the RCPCH Allergy Pathways project. She has an interest in clinical education and leads the Respiratory and Allergy module of the KCL Advanced Paediatrics MSc and is College Tutor for Paediatrics at Kings.
Dr Deepanjali Choudhury
Deepa Choudhury is a Portfolio GP with an interest in Allergy. She has made the transition to tertiary care in allergy and currently works in the Allergy department at Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge on the Adult Allergy rotation. She still works in primary care in general practice and as a GP appraiser for NHS England.
She is a member of the British Paediatric Allergy and Immunology group and on the MSc Allergy programme at Imperial College, London which is what galvanised her move into mainstream Allergy.
Deepa is proactive in developing pathways for use in primary care and has initiated innovative ways of working such as using skype consultations for asthma in teenagers who try to avoid attending surgery. As part of the primary care group she continues to work towards primary care guidelines for common allergic conditions such as Allergic Rhinitis, Anaphylaxis Auto injector guidance which involves re-shaping of tertiary/secondary care guidelines to fit in with the requirements of primary care.
Dr Tina Dixon
Tina Dixon has been a Consultant allergist at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since 1987 with a particular interest in Immunotherapy and General Anaesthetic Allergy. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Member of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and of the European Academy for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. As a founder member of the North West Allergy Network and former Chair of the adult group she is still an active member of both the adult and paediatric allergy working groups. Tina Dixon is the Local Senate Area representative for Merseyside and Cheshire on the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Clinical Reference Group for NHS England and she is also a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee of the RCP for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She still also does 5 clinics a week, sometimes 6. She has been a member of the Standard of Care Committee of the BSACI for over 10 years and is delighted to say that she still learns at least as much as she contributes.
Prof Stephen Durham
Stephen Durham is Head of the Section of Allergy
and Clinical Immunology at the National Heart and Lung Institute,
Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital London. He is current
President of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical immunology and a
member of the Allergy Panel of the Steering Committee of the Immune
Tolerance network, USA. His clinical and research interests include
difficult asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergen immunotherapy and the
regulation of IgE in tissues.
Dr Pam Ewan
Pam Ewan is
a consultant Allergist at Addenbrookes Hospital, University of
Cambridge Clinical School and set up the Cambridge allergy service.
Before this she was Senior Lecturer, Hon Consultant and head of the
Allergy Department at St Mary's Hospital, London. She is interested in
all aspects of clinical allergy. Her research in nut allergy,
anaphylaxis and venom allergy has led to improvements in patient care.
More recently, with Andrew Clark, she has developed a programme or oral
immunotherapy for peanut allergy. In various national roles she worked
to highlight the need to improve NHS allergy services, for which she was
awarded the CBE. She is chair of the National Allergy Strategy Group
and a past President of the BSACI.
Dr Sophie Farooque
Sophie Farooque was the first National Trainee in Allergy and completed her specialist training in allergy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in 2006. At the end of her training she was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship by the MRC to read for a PhD in the mechanisms of Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease at King’s College London. In 2008, she was runner-up in the MRC Max Perutz essay competition and her article describing aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease “The Cold That Never Goes Away” was published in the Guardian and in 2010 she received an international travel scholarship by the AAAAI to present her research.
She started work as Clinical Lead in Adult Allergy at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in May 2010. Her clinical interests include drug allergy, the diagnosis and investigation of anaphylaxis, allergen immunotherapy and nasal polyposis and aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. She is a long-standing member of the BSACI’s Standards of Care Committee and is a member of the BSACI Council. Since commencing at St Mary’s Hospital, Sophie has focused on developing the drug allergy and immunotherapy services. In 2010, she also produced a docu-film celebrating the life of Dr Bill Frankland, the “grandfather” of UK allergy who worked at St Mary’s until his retirement and after whom the allergy clinic at St Mary’s Hospital is named.
Dr Rubaiyat Haque
Rubaiyat Haque is a Consultant Allergist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He studied medicine at Cambridge University followed by clinical training at Barts and The London. He returned to Cambridge for specialist training in allergy before taking up his current consultant post. His main clinical interest is drug allergy and his drug allergy service is the largest of its kind in the UK.
In addition to his role on the Standards of Care Committee, he sits on the BSACI Council, Allergy and Immunology Clinical Reference Group, IQAS (Improving Quality in Allergy Services) Steering Group and is a Regional Specialty Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr M. Thirumala Krishna
Thirumala Krishna (TK) is lead physician for National Audits and has carried out major projects for Standards of Care Committee including audits on diagnosis and management of hymenoptera venom allergy, beta-lactam allergy and survey of practice and safety of allergen-specific immunotherapy in allergic rhinitis. He is lead author of BSACI guidelines for hymenoptera venom allergy and has co-authored guidelines on beta-lactam allergy and allergen specific immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis. His main clinical and research interests include characterisation and risk factors for anaphylaxis, hymenoptera venom allergy, safety aspects of allergen-specific immunotherapy, drug allergy and innovation of new cost-effective methods of provision of allergy services in UK. He has published several papers in peer reviewed journals, contributed to book chapters and served as sole editor for a text book on Anaphylaxis. He has represented BSACI and RCP for Multiple Technology Appraisal for NICE on Venom Immunotherapy and is a co-opted member for NICE drug allergy guideline development group.
He is member of national Clinical Reference Group for specialised services in Immunology and Allergy and will be taking over in 2014 as Chair of National Allergy Services Accreditation Programme. He is lead Physician for Allergy service in Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Training Programme Director and Chair of Specialist Training Committee for Immunology and Allergy in West Midlands Deanery. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer in University of Birmingham and Honorary Fellow in University of Warwick and is actively engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training.
Dr Susan Leech
Susan Leech is clinical lead for the paediatric allergy service at Kings College Hospital, London. She joined the BSACI in 1999 after completing an MSc in medical immunology. As a member of the BSACI Standards of Care Committee, she has co-authored guidelines on Immunotherapy, Venom allergy, Rhinitis, Egg allergy, Beta lactam allergy and Urticaria. She was a board member of the RCPCH Allergy care pathways and chaired the production of the Urticaria and angioedema pathway. She chairs the BSACI Paediatric group and has been involved in the development of service standards for paediatric allergy in secondary and tertiary care. She chairs the paediatric allergy specialist services commissioning group and is committed to developing allergy services across the country. She represented allergy on the Clinical Expert panel for Paediatric Pathology Modernisation for NHS London. Previously allergy advisor on the RCPCH Specialist Committee for Allergy, immunology and infection, she was involved in the development of the paediatric allergy training syllabus and competences. She is currently the UK delegate to the European Training Committee on Paediatric allergology.
Dr David Luyt
David Luyt is a consultant paediatrician in Leicester. He completed his undergraduate medical and postgraduate paediatric studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. After qualifying as a paediatrician he undertook a research fellowship in Leicester from which he obtained a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Leicester for his thesis entitled ‘The prevalence and nature of wheeze in pre-school children: a questionnaire survey’.
He is the lead consultant in the Children’s Allergy Service in Leicester. Since his appointment in 1996, he has been instrumental in expanding and further developing the allergy service to provide food challenge and subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy programmes; and with dietetic colleagues in providing the first milk and egg oral tolerance induction programmes in the UK. He also runs a paediatric sleep disordered breathing service and is a consultant in his institution’s paediatric high dependency and respiratory ward.
David was the lead author in the development of the BSACI milk allergy guidelines. He became a member of the SOCC in 2013.
Dr Rita Mirakian
Rita Mirakian is a consultant in allergy at the Addenbrookes'
University Hospital (part time) and an Honorary Consultant at the Royal
National Throat Nose Ear Hospital/UCLH. She is one of the early members
of the SOCC and her main interests relate to the field of drug allergy
has contributed to the preparation of several national guidelines for
the managment of allergic conditions and is the lead author of the BSACI
guideline on the 'management of drug allergy'. She is currently leading
on the preparation of the Guideline for the 'management of allergy to
beta lactam''. Her main interest in rhinology is on the management of
'Aspirin Exacerbated Airways disease'. She is presently contributing to
the development of reproducible intranasal Lysine Aspirin challenge
protocols to test affected patients. She has also contributed to the
first edition of the management of rhinitis and rhinosinusitis
guidelines and is presently contributing to the revision of the second
edition of the guideline on allergic and non allergic rhinitis.
addition Rita Mirakian has teaching committments; in particular as one
of the teachers in the annual BSc course on Immunology, Autoimmity and
Transplantation at UCL and as teacher in the annual MSc course in
Allergy at Imperial College.
Dr Shuaib Nasser
Shuaib Nasser is a Consultant in Allergy and
Asthma at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He
trained in medicine, respiratory medicine and allergy in both London and
Cambridge. His clinical and research interests are in asthma, drug
allergy and immunotherapy. His work on thunderstorm asthma, drug allergy
and asthma deaths have improved patient care and led to a DH funded
national enquiry into asthma deaths. He has worked in a number of roles
to improve the delivery of allergy care and reduce variability in
standards. He set up and chaired the BSACI Standards of Care Committee
until 2012 leading to the publication of national Allergy guidelines. He
was a member of the Resuscitation Council Working Group that published
guidelines on the management of anaphylaxis. He sits on the Royal
College of Physicians National Review of Asthma Deaths Steering Group
and chairs the NICE Drug Allergy Guideline. In 2011 he was awarded the
William Frankland BSACI award for outstanding services to Allergy. In
2014 Shuaib Nasser has became President Elect of the BSACI.
Prof Richard Powell
MB, BS, DM, FRCP, FRCPath
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy - Nottingham University
Richard Powell was Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Nottingham University Hospitals, Queens Medical Centre until 2007. Since 2008, he has worked predominantly in the private sector but continues to pursue his research interests at Nottingham University related to autoinflammatory diseases. He has been a member of SOCC since its inception and has taken the lead in the development of urticaria and angioedema guidelines.
Dr Stephen Till
Stephen Till has been a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer Award holder at King’s College London and Consultant Allergist (Adults) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals since 2011. After studying for a science degree at Oxford, he completed his PhD in Allergy at Barry Kay’s lab and then graduated in medicine as a postgraduate (UCL). This long path eventually led to specialty training in Allergy at the Royal Brompton Hospital (2006-11), where he held a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from The Health Foundation and Academy of Medical Sciences and received the biennial 2009 World Allergy Organisation Henning Lowenstein Award for allergy research. His current research interests include the immune responses to grass pollen allergens and the effects of immunotherapy, as well respiratory mucosal T cell responses and more recently food allergy. He is Chief Investigator of the PollenLITE clinical trial (Pollen Low dose Intradermal Therapy Evaluation), funded by the MRC and NIHR under the Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation Programme, and co-investigator on a NIH-funded 4 year project investigating the immunological responses to sublingual and injection immunotherapy using Class II tetramers in collaboration with Professor Stephen Durham at Imperial College London.
FRCP, MD, PhD
Consultant Allergist & Clinical Lead of the Allergy Service - Wythenshawe Hospital, MFT
Susana graduated from Medical School at University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and completed Specialist Training in Allergy in Lisbon. She moved to Manchester in 2005 to do a PhD in gene-environment interactions in asthma and allergy, supervised by Professors Custovic and Simpson at the University of Manchester, when she started working in the allergy clinic at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Susana was appointed as Consultant in 2009 and has been instrumental in the development of the Wythenshawe Allergy Service, which has since expanded considerably, providing comprehensive allergy care for adults, with close links with the Paediatrics Service; it is also an integrated clinical and research unit with an active research programme. Susana is PI in an urticaria study and co-investigator in several studies, mainly on food allergy.
Susana has extensive experience in all aspects of clinical allergy, her specialist areas of interest being drug hypersensitivity, anaphylaxis and food allergy. She has played a key role in the RCoA’s 6th National Audit Project on perioperative anaphylaxis. She is a member of the BSACI’s Standards of Care Committee.
Susana is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester and has a keen interest in education in Allergy, being a member of the Allergy Specialist Advisory Committee from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, Training programme Director for Allergy at HEE-NW and regularly teaching foundation and core medical trainees, GPs, and other clinicians/AHPs; she is co-lead for the Hypersensitivity Module of the Immunology MSc from the University of Manchester and is Educational Supervisor to 2 Allery STRs.
She is also deeply committed to the further development of Allergy in the UK and is a member of the Allergy and Immunology Clinical Reference Group for Allergy – Specialist Commissioning, NHS England. She is the Allergy Chair of the North West Allergy and Clinical Immunology Network (NWACIN) and a member of the Paediatric Network, and has been instrumental in fomenting joint working across the region’s services and developing regional management and referral pathways for primary care for common allergic conditions.
The work undertaken by the SOCC, the guideline group
members and the lay person(s) is on an honorary basis although expenses
to attend meetings are funded by the Society. The Society does not seek
external funding for the production of its guidelines.