21 - 22 September 2020 (Online)

Course details

  • Duration:  2 live remote sessions (3 hours per day) - plus 8 weeks online learning
  • Fees:
    - £395 per module
    - 10% discount for ICHNT staff
  • Venue: Online
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This course will cover a wide range of allergic skin diseases, including atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, urticarias, hereditary and acquired angioedemas, photodermatoses and drug allergies. The underlying mechanisms, diagnostic work-up and advanced management will be discussed. Challenging topics such as the role of food allergy in eczema, refractory urticaria and mastocytosis will be addressed.

This course forms part of a range of short courses in Allergy which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc in allergy programme, and as stand-alone CPD programmes for GPs, specialist trainees and consultants, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals wishing to improve their ability to manage allergic patients in daily practice.

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Course aims

By the end of the course you will be better able to:

  • Critically evaluate the interaction between genetics, skin barrier and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of atopic eczema both in practice examples and in the literature
  • Relate pathogenic factors to potential preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for allergic skin diseases
  • Design diagnostic and management plans to address a range of scenarios in practice, including complex or uncommon cases

Course content

Live remote sessions
Live connection will be from 13:00-16:00 on 21 and 22 September 2020 and will include Q&A, ‘meet the expert’, debates and other interactive sessions.

Recorded lectures
The course is also comprised of the following pre-recorded lectures:

1. Eczema:

  • The skin immune system 
  • Novel prevention strategies for eczema
  • Diagnosis and management of difficult eczema
  • Food Allergy and Skin

 2. Cutaneous Allergy:

  • Photodermatoses
  • Diagnosis and management of contact Dermatitis (advanced)
  • Contact allergy: emerging allergens and current challenges 

 3. Drug Hypersensitivity:

  • Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions

4. Urticaria, Angioedema and Mast Cell Disorders:

  • Pathophysiology of chronic urticaria
  • Management of hereditary and acquired angioedemas
  • Mastocytosis and mast cell activation disorders

5. Complex Skin Allergy Case Studies:

  • Complex skin allergy case studies in paediatrics
  • Complex skin allergy Case studies in adults


Who should attend?

The course is suitable for doctors (GPs, specialist trainees and consultants in Allergy, Paediatrics, Dermatology), as well as nurses and other healthcare professionals wishing to improve their ability to manage patients with allergic skin diseases in daily practice.

Optional assessment

Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date.

The assessments will take place usually 1-3 weeks after the course dates This course includes two individual assessments, as follows:

A 1500 word critical review article on skin manifestations of hypersensitivity reactions to drugs. You will be asked to assess and critique the current understanding of pathophysiology, phenotypes, mechanisms, diagnosis, investigation and management of non-immediate (Type IV) cutaneous adverse drug reactions with reference to national/international guidelines and contemporary literature. This accounts for 80% of the final mark for this course.

A 20 questions timed online quiz with a strong case/image-basis and practical focus, addressing questions on the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis and management of allergic skin conditions. This accounts for 80% of the final mark for this course.

Full details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please contact us for further information.

Comments from past participants

"Very good course to attend. Will attend the other related allergy short courses at Imperial"

"Excellent course, very useful and practical. Very comprehensive"

"Extremely useful to Dermatology team"