Paediatric Allergy Network

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East Midlands Paediatric Allergy Group (EMPAG)

This is a multidisciplinary group of allergy-related health professionals who have the common goal of improving children’s allergy service provision in the East Midlands region including Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

The group was formed in February 2018 and we are planning to hold a meeting every 6 months. The aim is to develop some consistency in guidelines and to educate health professionals across all levels, in better recognition and management of allergic conditions in children.

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PANEA – Paediatric Allergy Network of East Anglia

We have Quarterly allergy education afternoons at Addenbrookes Hospital allergy department. The contact is jennifer.whisken@addenbrookes.nhs.uk. Nurses and doctors interested in allergy welcome.

We usually have some topic presentations and clinicians are welcome to bring challenging cases for review. Adult and paediatric included.

We have PANEA, which is the Paediatric Allergy Network of East Anglia, meets every few months at Addenbrookes Hospital. Usually presentations on major topics and case reviews. Paediatrics only, allergy nurses and doctors welcome

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Peninsula Paediatric Allergy Network

We aim to ensure we offer high quality, evidence based excellent care for all patients across our network, which covers the whole of the peninsula including Taunton, Exeter, Torbay, Barnstaple, Plymouth and Truro.

  • We meet three monthly to encourage sharing of information and the writing of cohesive guidelines to standardise care across our geographical area.
  • We share best practice, difficult cases, audit outcomes and aim to pool patients for research purposes.
  • We encourage all clinicians and allied health professionals to attend the meetings and welcome people from other networks or areas.

The network is convened by Dr Sian Ludman, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. For further information about the group or to join, please click on the link below.

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The East Anglia Paediatric Network

The chair of East Anglia Paediatric Network is Dr John Chapman at James Paget hospital in Great Yarmouth

His secretary is Ellen Whalley phone no is 01493453342.

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The London Paediatric Allergy Group(LPAG)

The group was formed in October 2003 as the London Paediatric Allergy Group is a multi-disciplinary network and includes doctors, nurses and dieticians interested in paediatric allergy.  We meet 2 times a year in London (venue specified in meeting programme)

Our aim is to provide a forum to:

(1) Share best practice in managing children with allergies
(2) Discuss interesting cases
(3) Review topical issues in allergy
(4) Hear about research being undertaken in paediatric allergy.

We aim to raise the profile of paediatric allergy and to help improve the service that is provided for children with allergies throughout the country.
Our email discussion group has expanded to include members from beyond the London region, including the West Midlands Children’s Allergy Group and other colleagues.

To reflect the inter-regional membership of the expanded email discussion group, this has been renamed the British Paediatric Allergy Network. The BPAN is open to those working in paediatric allergy anywhere in the UK, or, in some cases, overseas if they have had and maintain a strong link with Paediatric Allergy in the UK.

The current chairperson of the LPAG and moderator of the BPAN is Dr Diab Haddad. For further details regarding both The London Paediatric Allergy Group the British Paediatric Allergy Network, including for requests to join, please contact using the link below.

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The Midlands Paediatric Allergy Group (MPAG)

Meetings Secretary: Dr Nick Makwana / Dr Gary Stiefel

Group Membership: Currently over 100 members affiliated to hospitals around the Midlands Region.

Members include doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists.

How often it meets – Meet twice yearly (Spring and Autumn Meeting) for educational meetings Venues -In rotation around hospitals in the Midlands region,

What kinds of things get discussed-CPD topics related to allergy, areas of controversy, new developments, new horizons. Local and national speakers attend. Always have a session for members to bring difficult cases to discuss for wider input. RCPCH CPD points usually formally requested and given.

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The North West Paediatric Allergy Network – Sub Group

The North West Paediatric Allergy and Infection Network was formally recognised in April 2015. The Network is currently focusing on three main work streams: Allergy, Infection and TB.

We bring together, patients, support groups, charities alongside healthcare professionals  (Primary. Community, secondary and tertiary care) our aim is to provide high quality and up to date knowledge and information to the children, families and carers of children living with allergies.

Our website contains resources for families, community and healthcare professionals and can be found at: https://allergynorthwest.nhs.uk/ which contains information on our education events and resources.  If you would like to receive further information on our meetings and events please contact Laurie Niland.

Our contacts:

Clinical Lead: Dr Peter Arkwright

Network Manager: Suzanne Dixon email: Suzanne.dixon@mft.nhs.uk

Network Coordinator Laurie Niland  email: laurie.niland@mft.nhs.uk

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The Northern Ireland Paediatric Respiratory and Allergy Network (NIPRAN)

NIPRAN is a linked group of health professionals from secondary and tertiary care, working in a coordinated manner, unconstrained by existing professional and Trust boundaries, to support the equitable provision of high quality clinically effective paediatric respiratory and allergy services to children residing in Northern Ireland.

Chair: Professor Michael Shields
Secretary and Coordinator: Dr Jenny Hughes
Vice Chair: Dr Gary Doherty

Membership: Includes General Paediatricians, Paediatric Respiratory Physicians, Immunologists, Clinical nurse specialists and Dietitians, Respiratory Physiotherapists and Physiologists. All Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trusts are represented. Representatives from primary care hold an open invitation to the network meetings. Patient Representatives from the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Allergy UK are also members.

  • To develop and recommend appropriate patient pathways and referral protocols across the network, including access and delivery of clinical care that cross organisational boundaries.
  • To identify and most efficiently utilise resources for the delivery of paediatric respiratory and allergy services across organisational boundaries.
  • To develop and promote clear links between and within the network, including regional support for all clinical staff to include general consultant paediatricians and consultant paediatricians with a special interest in allergy or respiratory conditions. This support will include advice regarding inpatient management in patient’s own local hospital.
  • To establish mechanisms to support communication and collaboration between clinicians, commissioners and other care providers, particularly across existing organisational boundaries.
  • To coordinate a program of clinical audit related to respiratory and allergy services, including sharing of outcomes and developing action plans arising from audits and other relevant activity.
  • To disseminate examples of best practice and to promote the use of evidence-based guidelines as published by recognised national and international bodies.
  • To promote mutual professional support and continuing professional development in areas relevant to respiratory and allergy services and to organise a program of network meetings including attendance at national training/meetings.
  • To ensure public and patient involvement.

Meetings take place at least 4 times per year. The duration of the meeting is usually for 3 hours; with 2 hours devoted to clinical teaching and 1 hour for management.
Minutes of the meeting are recorded and circulated to members.

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The Northern Paediatric Allergy Group (NPAG)

The NORTHERN Paediatric Allergy Group (NPAG) invites membership from all over the North East, Cumbria and areas above Harrogate. The group started in 2009 and includes members from all secondary and tertiary paediatric allergy services in the North of England. The professionals interested in paediatric allergy meet every 3 months on a “roadshow” basis around Northeast, Northumbria and Cumbria regions.

The aims of the group include:

1.    To have an active allergy “network” within the region and beyond
2.    To have a unified approach in raising the profile of Paediatric Allergy Services in the region
3.    To create uniformity of guidelines by reviewing the individual and trust service working practice
4.    To develop local guidelines alongside common evidence-based agreed guidelines and protocols
5.    To clarify the type of allergy work each centre will undertake and maintain expertise
6.    To provide allergy training and education to juniors doctors, general paediatricians, allergists, dieticians and nurses
7.    To promote education CME in paediatric allergy through the allergy EModule, conferences, topic presentations and case discussions
8.    To promote research in the region and collaborate in phase I, II and III clinical trials

The NPAG group have an annual Education and research Conference day in February as is open to all who wish to attend. Abstracts, poster presentations and lectures are welcome from all regions and promote close collaboration with our neighbours in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Manchester and Scotland.

For further details please contact :

Chair           Dr Louise Michaelis, Consultant Paediatric Immunology and Allergy, Great North Children’s Hospital,  Newcastle upon Tyne

Secretary     Devasmitha Venkataraman, Consultant Paediatrician at South Tees Hospital NHS Trust

Treasurer     Dr Punit Shah, Paediatric Consultant, University Hospital North Durham

Allied Health Mr James Gardner, Allergy Nurse Specialist, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

www.newcastle-hospitals.org.uk/services/childrens_departments-and_allergy-children.aspx

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Children and Young’s People Allergy Network Scotland – CYANS

The Children and Young’s People Allergy Network Scotland – CYANS – was established in 2011 to improve allergy care for all children across Scotland, and develop a dedicated service for young people to encourage an easy transition to adult services.

In order to reach these goals, CYANS works through a partnership of patients from 0 to 19 years, their families and friends, health care professionals and the voluntary sector.

 

Our website can be found here: https://www.cyans.scot.nhs.uk/

 

The network’s Steering Group consists of clinicians and third-party representatives from across Scotland and meets four times a year to discuss ongoing activity.

 

Current projects, managed by a number of working groups, include:

 

 

CYANS also hosts an Annual Paediatric Study Day which provides 100 delegates each year the opportunity to hear from a variety of allergy specialists. More details can be found here: https://www.cyans.scot.nhs.uk/latest-news/past-events/

 

Please feel free to contact us with any queries you may have. We always welcome questions and feedback from patients, clinical staff, colleagues and others, and will do our best to help. Please email nss.CYANS@nhs.net.

The South Wales and West Allergy Paediatric Group

We meet at about 6 monthly from around 4 to 7 pm

It includes cases and guest presentations.

The venue tends to alternate between Bristol and Cardiff.

We invite all members of the allergy care team; nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and doctors.

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The Surrey & Sussex Paediatric Allergy Group: SSPAG

The Surrey & Sussex Paediatric Allergy Group. SSPAG is a multi-disciplinary group of doctors, nurses and dieticians interested in paediatric allergy.

Formed in 2010, Our aim is to provide a forum to:

(1) Share best practices in the management of children with allergies

(2) Discuss interesting cases

(3) Highlight & discuss new developments in the field of allergy

(4) Develop evidence-based guidelines & protocols.

We also aim to raise the profile of paediatric allergy and help improve the services provided to children with allergies.

Our group and web-based discussion forum are open to those who are interested in paediatric allergy and who are working in this part of the country. The group chair & moderator is Dr Diab Haddad (Diab.Haddad@asph.nhs.uk).

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The Three Counties Allergy Group Meeting (TCAG)

Currently, over 25 members affiliated to hospitals around the Three Counties Region (Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire).

Members include doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, researchers from both adult and paediatric background including ENT, Opthalmology, Dermatology, and General Practice.

Meet twice yearly (Spring and Autumn Meeting) for educational meetings. Guest lecture by local and national speakers attend followed by an informal meal with discussion and networking.CPD topics relate to allergy, areas of controversy, new developments, new horizons. A session for difficult/interesting cases to discuss is also available.

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The Wessex & South West Wales Paediatric Allergy Group

As Bath lies on the edge of two regional groups we get involved in both the Wessex paediatric allergy group (based in Southampton) and the South West and Wales paediatric allergy groups (based from Bristol and Cardiff jointly).

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The Yorkshire & Humber Regional Allergy Group

The group consists of Paediatricians with interest in allergy, Paediatric allergists, Allergy specialist nurses & Dieticians

Dr Nicola Jay co-ordinates the Yorkshire & Humber regional allergy group meetings twice a year

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University of Edinburgh’s Allergy and Respiratory Research Group (AARG)

The University of Edinburgh’s Allergy and Respiratory Research Group (AARG) was established in 2005 by Professor Aziz Sheikh.

We are a multidisciplinary group of academics and clinicians, who together manage a range of clinical, epidemiological and basic science research projects based in Edinburgh and beyond.

Professors Jurgen Schwarze leads the paediatric allergy services at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and he is supported in this role by Aziz Sheikh and Ms Susan Brown.

Jurgen Schwarze also leads the Children’s and Young People’s Allergy Network Scotland (CYANS; http://www.cyans.scot.nhs.uk/index.html).

Aziz Sheikh and Jurgen Schwarze co-lead the Scottish Allergy and Respiratory Academy (SARA; http://scottishallergyrespiratoryacademy.org/), which is responsible for running regular postgraduate training courses for clinicians across Scotland.

The AARG also host the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research(http://www.aukcar.ac.uk/),
a virtual centre that brings together 13 universities from across the UK to drive forward collaborative applied asthma research.

New members – both clinical and academic – are always welcome and can in the first instance contact Dr Lynn Morrice, the AARG Manager: Lynn.Morrice@ed.ac.uk

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