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Last updated: 16 Jun 2020
- Paediatric immunology, infectious diseases & allergy
I offer out-patient consultations and allergy testing for all children from infants to teenagers. Many referred patients will have a history of suspected food allergy, e.g. cow’s milk, egg, wheat or peanut/nut allergy. I offer a diagnostic service, utilising skin prick and blood tests where required, identifying the allergens to avoid and often ruling out others, together with development of an individualised management plan for each child. Families receive detailed advice on allergen avoidance. I also recommend emergency medication, together with an emergency treatment plan and practical training for the family on how to use it e.g. adrenaline autoinjectors. Referrals are also welcome for children who have had allergy for some time and may have grown out of it, as is often the case for egg and milk allergy, and occasionally peanut/nut allergy.
I would also be pleased to see children with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever), urticaria and angioedema (spontaneous hives and swelling), or idiopathic anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions where the cause is unknown).
Children with troublesome eczema and asthma can also benefit from an allergy opinion, often to rule out the role of allergy in these conditions, or to identity a culprit.
I have an active role in our national parent allergy organisation (BSACI) as Chair of the Standards of Care Committee (Read more here: http://www.bsaci.org/about/standards-of-care). I recently led writing guideline documents for managing egg allergy. In 2012 I was appointed Chair of this committee and I now coordinate the writing of national guidelines on multiple topics, such as peanut, milk and penicillin allergy, and adrenaline auto-injector use. I am also Secretary to the Taskforce on the Allergic Child in School, which produced European Guidelines for school allergy.
I am expert scientific panel advisor to the national patient support group, the Anaphylaxis Campaign (see more here: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/about-us/clinical-and-scientific-panel#c) and was expert advisor to the UK Government Committee on Toxicity when they rewrote the advice regarding peanut ingestion in pregnancy and early life.
I lecture frequently to undergraduates, primary and secondary care doctors and nurses and am a regular invited speaker at national and European allergy conferences.
Areas of interest
Allergies; Paediatric allergy; Food allergy and intolerance; Comprehensive allergy testing including skin prick tests and blood tests; Investigating the role of allergy in asthma, eczema and food allergy; Anaphylaxis; Emergency allergy treatment plans; Immunotherapy; Allergic rhinitis or hayfever; Milk intolerance in infants and older children
- Mumsnet webchat in allergy
- Peanut immunotherapy research led by Dr Clark
- Peanut thresholds study led by Dr Clark
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant and Head of Department, Paediatric Allergy Addenbrooke's Hospital
Associate Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Cambridge
I have carried out research on severe food allergies, which has been ground breaking and affected many aspects of allergy practice.
I join with my son in the martial art Tang Soo Do, in which I have achieved second Dan black belt. I enjoy downhill mountain biking in the UK and Europe and relax by painting, knitting and buying stuff on Amazon.
In 2020 I received the William Frankland award from the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology for recognition to my contribution to allergy practice in the UK and abroad.
The RCPCH care pathway for children at risk of anaphylaxis: an evidence and consensus based national approach to caring for children with life-threatening allergies. Arch Dis Child 2011; 96:i6-i9.
Longitudinal study of resolution of allergy to well-cooked and uncooked egg. Clin Exp Allergy 2011; 41: 706-12.
Efficacy and safety of high-dose peanut oral immunotherapy with factors predicting outcome. Clin Exp Allergy 2011; 41: 1273-81
Courses offered to GPs
On request, I provide educational sessions on any aspect of paediatric allergy care
- MB BS (Medical degree) University of London 1992
- MRCPCH (membership examination) Royal College of Physicians of London 1996
- MD doctoral thesis University of London 2001
Reference number 3565634
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chair of Standards of Care Committee British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2012
Details of entry to specialist register
- Paediatircs, 2001
Affiliations / memberships
Council member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Expert advisor to Anaphylaxis Campaign
- Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, CB24 9EL
- 18:00 - 20:30
- 01223 596185
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