Paediatric Allergy Visiting Professional Programme

Dr Kate Swan discusses the Paediatric Allergy Visiting Professional Programme

Dr Kate Swan, Paediatric Allergy department

The paediatric department here is the largest in the UK so we can offer a really wide breadth of experience for the people that come to visit.

We see about 7,000 patients each year in our outpatient department and that’s in general pediatric allergy clinics as well as joint clinics with our colleagues from respiratory ENT and gastroenterology and also dermatology.

But we also have over 2,000 day cases each year and that covers food challenges and drug challenges as well as immunotherapy including venom and pollen and some of the animal danders.

In paediatric allergy we’re very closely linked with the pediatric allergy research.

A lot of the clinicians that work in research also work on the clinical side so we have a good understanding of what is going on.

We’ve got several research projects going on at the moment which visiting professionals would be welcome to observe, and occasionally they can also get involved in these projects with small side projects.

So we’ve got peanut immunotherapy studies ongoing as well as studies looking at different diagnostic techniques such as the basal activation test.

So visiting professionals will gain a vast breadth of experience of paediatric allergy if they come here.

They’ll see how we manage these conditions in the UK which can often be somewhat different to how it’s managed in either America or in Europe so I think it’s very useful for people to get an understanding of how conditions are managed in different countries and actually we often will learn from our visiting professionals as well, so it’s a two-way process and it’s useful for us as well.