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Course details

  • Duration: 1 day (plus 10 weeks online learning) 
  • Fees:
    - £395
    - 10% discount for ICHNT staff
  • Venue: St Mary's Campus / Online (MS Teams)
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This course will be delivered in a blended format with the option of attending in person or remotely. 

In this course led by Prof Stephen Durham and Dr Guy Scadding you will learn and gain an advanced understanding of the importance of upper airway diseases in the allergy clinic, respiratory clinics and primary care. You will learn to differentiate between rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, understanding their pathophysiology and managing them accordingly. You will explore the mechanisms and clinical use of allergen immunotherapy, enabling you to identify appropriate patients and initiate treatment/refer accordingly. 

A range of Imperial and international expert speakers will cover an exciting programme of pre-recorded materials and live interactive sessions.

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. The course is also relevant for basic scientists and professionals working in industry in the field of rhinology, asthma and allergy.

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Course aims

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

  • Analyse up to date research regarding the pathophysiology of allergic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, as well as new disease biomarkers and therapeutic strategies, and how this applies in clinical practice
  • Estimate the benefits and risks of allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in children and adults in clinical practice
  • Estimate the benefits and risks of allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of Hymenoptera venom hypersensitivity
  • Select suitable patients for allergen immunotherapy in clinical practice, taking into account the resources required to safely administer this therapy in practice

Course structure & delivery

Teaching delivery format
The course has been designed in an innovative format of asynchronous materials (e.g. pre-recorded sessions, reading lists and web-based resources) which you can access in your own time and live teaching sessions. The live teaching will take place on 11 February 2022 at our St Mary's Campus in London or you can choose to attend remotely via MS Teams.

A ‘course launch webinar’ will be held in January for registered participants to introduce the course and help you get organised to maximize your learning experience. Short course students will have access to the asynchronous materials for 10 weeks.

Key Dates:

  • 19 January 2022  - Launch webinar and release of asynchronous materials (30 mins)
  • 11 February 2022 - Live teaching (Full day)

Planned sessions (provisional):

  • Epidemiology of Rhinitis
  • Differential Diagnosis of Rhinitis
  • Rhinitis in Children
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis with/without nasal polyps – an overview
  • Demonstration of Examination of Nose/Endoscopy
  • Radiology of the Nose and Paranasal Sinuses
  • Medical Management of Rhinitis and Use of Guidelines
  • Interactive cases in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis
  • Rhinology cases – case-based discussion including bring your own cases
  • Allergic eye and eyelid disease
  • Relationship Between Asthma and Rhinitis
  • Venom anaphylaxis and immunotherapy
  • Immunotherapy for Seasonal and perennial rhinitis
  • Mechanisms of Rhinitis and allergen Immunotherapy
  • Immunotherapy Cases, including bring your own cases
  • Practical immunotherapy workshop

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for doctors (GPs, specialist trainees and consultants in Allergy, Paediatrics, Respiratory Medicine or ENT), as well as nurses and other healthcare professionals wishing to improve their ability to manage patients with allergic rhinitis in daily practice. The course is also relevant for basic scientists and professionals working in industry in the field of rhinology, asthma and allergy.

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. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.