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Course details

  • Duration: 5 weeks -
    including live online sessions
  • Fees:
    - £395 for doctors
    - £300 nurses and AHPs
  • Venue: Online
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This short course focuses on the core knowledge underlying paediatric allergy practice and on training in key practical skills which will be useful for those with either no previous exposure, or only limited exposure to clinical paediatric allergy.

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc in paediatrics and child health and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals. The courses are offered in line with level 3 of the RCPCH curriculum.

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Course aims

  • To explain the immune mechanisms involved in allergic disease
  • To describe and discuss the diagnostic tests available for the presence of allergy
  • To evaluate the most up-to-date treatments for asthma, eczema, rhinitis, food allergy, drug allergy and venom allergy and relate their use to the underlying immune processes.

Learning outcomes

  • To be able to use knowledge and understanding of immune mechanisms, diagnostic tests and allergy treatments in the management of an allergic patient
  • To assess and appraise research methods employed in investigating the processes of allergic diseases
  • To interpret the new research findings and investigate how they can be applied to improving the management of allergic patients


Topics covered during the course will include:

Week 1:

  • “The Allergic March” & Atopic Disease
  • IgE mediated reactions
  • Non-IgE mediated reactions
  • Mixed reactions

Week 2:

  • Taking an Allergy Case History and Examination of Child
  • Allergy tests in children
  • Skin Allergy. Key Aspects and cases
  • Eczema
  • Respiratory Allergy
  • Asthma

Week 3:

  • Allergy Management Guidelines and Care Pathways
  • BTS/Sign Management Guidelines

Week 4:

  • Gastro Allergy Key Aspects and cases 
  • Food Allergy
  • Allergic Rhinoconjuctivitis
  • Anaphylaxis

Week 5:

  • Managing more complex allergy
  • Drug & Vaccine Allergy for Paediatricians

Course structure & delivery

The course is run online over 5 consecutive weeks and it is estimated that you will conduct  7 - 10 hours per week of guided and self-directed learning, which will also incorporate online group work. There are also planned synchronous online sessions during the course to discuss ideas, present group and individual work and to facilitate further learning.

The course adopts an active learning strategy which consists of: ​
  • Pre course reading/videos to read/watch with reflective activities to prepare for the course.
  • Online activities such as reading, researching & watching lectures with related tasks to enhance & consolidate your learning​​.
  • Group work and group presentations. 

The learning tasks will cover the cutting edge of paediatric allergy diagnosis, treatment & ongoing care. This is supported by case-based learning and practical guidance. All teaching is delivered by highly experienced paediatric allergy practitioners and educators.

You will be required to complete at least 80% of learning activities to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Online sessions
The synchronous online sessions will be delivered through Microsoft Teams on the following dates:

Monday, 5 October: 14.00 – 16.00

Thursday, 29 October: 10.00 – 12.00

Thursday, 5 November: 10.00 – 12.00


Who should attend?

This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Comments from past participants

"Excellent – would strongly recommend to do it in your training year"

"Great, informative, gives in-depth insight into some of the concepts relevant to practice which would improve your understanding and rationale to provide a better service"

"Teachers were brilliant – made very dry subjects very interesting – all were very well up to date and current"