The network is involved in a number of projects which are detailed in this section. These include:
FUTURE HOSPITAL PROJECT – coordinated by the Royal College of Physicians. The aim of this project is to educate and empower primary care clinicians to effective manage children with milk and nut allergies in the community, avoiding the need for frequent hospital reviews for the majority of patients.
AMEND NOW – linking up with children’s emergency departments throughout the region to ensure optimal acute management and follow-up of children suffering from anaphylaxis
DATABASE DEVELOPMENT – in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Manchester, developing an electronic system of collecting and collating data on workload within the children’s allergy network across the region
GROUP DIETETIC SESSIONS FOR INFANTS WITH COW’S MILK PROTEIN ALLERGY – Pilots were conducted at Wythenshawe Hospital and in community centres in Oldham in order to combine professional dietetic input with peer support for parents of infants with cow’s milk protein allergy. We now plan to expand this initiative across the region.
PARTNERSHIP WITH NHS 111 – We work with NHS111 head quarters in Bolton to review their allergy management pathways for children. We also provide additional education and training for their staff in children’s allergies.
EXTENDING PRIMARY CARE ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORD SYSTEM (EMIS) TO GUIDE GPs IN MANAGEMENT OF MILK ALLERGY AND ADRENALINE AUTO-INJECTOR USE – We work with GPs in the region to develop new EMIS programs what will guide and support their management of infants with cow’s milk allergy and children needing an adrenaline auto-injector.