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Dr Michael Radcliffe is a specialist physician whose practice is devoted entirely to Allergy Medicine. He is registered as an Allergy Specialist with the General Medical Council and he was formerly Consultant in Allergy Medicine at University College London Hospitals.
He graduated from the School of Medicine at Birmingham University and he completed his clinical training in Nottingham University Hospitals. For a number of years, he was a Primary Care Physician in Hampshire, during which he developed his special interest in Allergy Medicine. He further developed this interest during an educational visit to USA Allergy Centres in 1988 and in 1992 he acquired the Diploma in Allergy from the Cardiothoracic Institute, University of London. He was appointed Consultant in Allergy Medicine at University College London Hospitals in 1995.
Amongst cases referred to him for an allergy assessment he is able to provide an opinion in almost every case. However, because of the need to rationalise expensive resources, for example when specialised drug and anaesthetic allergy testing is indicated, and also in cases of suspected skin contact allergy, Dr Radcliffe may decide to refer certain cases to one of his consultant colleagues. Similarly, he occasionally needs to make an onward referral in cases (for example treatment-resistant hay fever) in which he considers immunotherapy (desensitisation) treatment to be indicated.
To aid the investigation of complex food allergy he uses an emerging molecular diagnostic test that can simultaneously identify antibodies to 112 allergenic protein components from 51 different allergen sources. The test utilises a miniaturised microchip method that requires only a single 30 microlitre sample of blood serum. Even a pin-prick sample of blood is sufficient to undertake this test, the accuracy and efficiency of which improves on earlier methods such as skin prick testing or the RAST blood test.
In cases of suspected food intolerance, a condition for which scientifically validated tests have yet to be developed, he collaborates with highly qualified registered dietitians who specialise in food allergy and food intolerance. Whenever possible, the aim is to re-establish a healthy and compatible diet, an individualised approach that can sometimes transform lives.
He is a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign.
He is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of The Anaphylaxis Campaign and an advisor to Allergy UK.
Areas of interest
Food allergy; Food intolerance; Allergic asthma; Hay fever; Rhinitis; Allergy treatment; Anaphylaxis; Urticaria; Hives; Angioedema; Bee & wasp venom allergy; Drug allergy; Penicillin allergy; Latex allergy;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Senior Consultant in Allergy Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Consultant in Allergy Medicine, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London.
Urticaria and Angioedema
Food Allergy and Food Intolerance
Investigation and Management of recurrent Anaphylaxis
Radcliffe MJ, Lampe F and Brostoff J. Allergen Specific Low-Dose Immunotherapy in Perennial Allergic Rhinitis; a Double-blind Placebo-controlled Crossover Study. Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology. 1996; 6: 242-247.
Radcliffe MJ. Chapter: Food Allergy and Intolerance in A Colour Guide to the Diagnosis and Management of Allergic Disorders, ed. William F Jackson. 1997; Mosby-Wolfe Medical Communications.
Radcliffe MJ, Lewith GT, Turner RG, Prescott P, Church MK, Holgate ST. Enzyme potentiated desensitisation in treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis: double blind randomised controlled study. British Medical Journal. 2003 Aug 2;327(7409):251-4.
Radcliffe MJ, Scadding GK, Morrow-Brown H. Lupin flour anaphylaxis. Lancet 2005; Apr 9;365:1360.
Radcliffe MJ, Scadding GK, Pollard G, Reading D, Morrow-Brown H. Could lupin flour allergy explain some cases of idiopathic anaphylaxis?; Poster at BSACI Annual Meeting 2005.
Radcliffe MJ, Lewith GT, Prescott P, Church MK, HolgateST. Do skin prick and conjunctival provocation tests predict symptom severity in seasonal allergic rhinosinusitis? Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 2005; 36:1488–1493
Courses offered to GPs
Well-prepared talks offered on various allergy topics.
- Membership Royal College of General Practitioners 1980
- Primary Medical Degree School of Medicine, University of Birmingham 1970
- Postgraduate Course in Clinical Allergy Cardiothoracic Institute, University of London 1982
Reference number 1211232
Details of entry to specialist register
- Allergy Specialist, 2013
Affiliations / memberships
British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Anaphylaxis Campaign Medical Panel,
Allergy Research Foundation
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