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  • Duration:  8 hours live teaching (over 3 non-consecutive days)
  • Plus 10 weeks access to course resources 
  • Fees:
    - £395 
    - 10% discount for ICHNT staff
  • Venue: Online (MS Teams)/ St Mary's Campus
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This course will be delivered in a blended format with live online sessions and some in person teaching. 

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. The course will be delivered by experts and world leading international academics.

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 suitable for basic scientists and professionals working in industry willing to further their career in the field of allergic skin diseases.

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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 structure & delivery

Teaching delivery format
This short course will be delivered in a blended format which will include live online sessions as well as in person elements at our St Mary’s Campus – live streaming will be made available for those that are not able or do not wish to attend the face to face teaching sessions.

The course has been devised in an attractive and innovative format combining asynchronous materials (e.g. pre-recorded sessions, reading lists and web-based resources) as well as live interactive sessions, both online and on campus. A range of formats will be used to encourage active learning, including ‘meet the expert question & answer’ sessions, focused discussions, interactive case-based sessions as well as group work. Practical ‘hands-on’ elements will be covered on the optional on campus half day.

Key dates & times (provisional):

  • 20 April 2022 - Online launch webinar (1.30pm - 2pm)
  • 9 May 2022 - Online live ‘warm up’ sessions (3.30pm - 5.10pm)
  • 16 May 2022 - Online live sessions (11.30am - 1pm)
  • 18 May 2022 - On campus sessions (9am-1pm)

Planned sessions & topics

  • The skin immune system
  • Prevention strategies for atopic eczema
  • Diagnosis and differential diagnosis in atopic eczema
  • Advanced management of difficult atopic eczema
  • Food Allergy and Skin
  • Photodermatoses
  • Diagnosis and Management of contact Dermatitis (advanced)
  • Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Update in Chronic urticaria
  • Management of hereditary and acquired angioedemas
  • Mastocytosis and mast cell activation disorders
  • Complex skin allergy case studies in paediatrics
  • Complex skin allergy Case studies in adults
  • Case based discussions, including group work and student-led sessions
  • Hands-on practical aspects of diagnosis and management of allergic skin disease (topical products, advanced treatment plans, patch testing)

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. The course is also suitable for basic scientists and professionals working in industry willing to further their career in the field of allergic skin diseases.

CPD approval & certificate of attendance

CME approval from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) will be sought.  All participants will be awarded an Imperial College London Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course.

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.