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1 29 September 2010 Allergy: The Primary Solution Dr M Doyle General Practitioner

2 29 September 2010 The problem… 20 million patients in UK with allergic disease Common presentations to primary care –Asthma –Eczema –Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) –Food allergy –Perceived allergy

3 29 September 2010 The problem… GP training in allergic disease –Format of vocational training schemes –“On the job” training –Guidance has been historically limited –Availability of testing 74% GPs felt they did not have the necessary skills or training to treat allergy NASG survey 2008

4 29 September 2010 The problem… Lack of specialist allergy services Consultants with specialist interest – not ring-fenced for allergy 71% GPs rated NHS allergy provision as poor –NASG Survey 2008 Patients often use other avenues Alternate testing services Complimentary medicine Can lead to misdiagnosis and confusion for both patient and doctor

5 29 September 2010 The cost Direct cost to NHS pa = >£1 billion GP consultation costs alone = £ million pa GP prescribing cost £0.7 billion –2006 DoH figures quoted in the RCP report 2010

6 29 September 2010 Mr H A short case history

7 29 September 2010 Mr H 64 y o man –Nasal polyps and asthma –Multiple courses of steroids and medications –9 surgical polypectomies

8 29 September 2010 Mr H Diagnosed with salicylate hypersensitivity in 2004 by ENT surgeon –No dietetic support –No suggestion of onwards referral –Patient and GP unaware (only recorded in hospital notes) Ongoing surgery until 2009

9 29 September 2010 Mr H Diagnosed (again) with salicylate hypersensitivity in 2010 Now under tertiary allergy service Awaiting next polypectomy…

10 29 September 2010 Still not meeting the unmet need RCP/RCPath 2010 –Following up from original report 2003 –Identified little progress in improving service provision –Overall poor education in primary care regarding allergy –Differing opinions on role of GPwSI – numbers identified as very small

11 29 September 2010 So where are we now? New guidance –NICE: Food allergy, Anaphylaxis and Drug Allergy –BSACI guidance –PCRS/PCDS –Other international guidance Impact of guidance on primary and secondary care –Guidance fatigue –Monitoring

12 29 September 2010 Priorities GP education –Still hit and miss, depending partly on geography –Post-graduate training available but requires significant time and motivation Allergy should form part of all vocational training schemes –Allergic disease split in current GP curriculum to multiple areas

13 29 September 2010 Priorities More funding for specialist services CCG engagement –Difficult to find funding for new services when existing ones are struggling –Reallocation? Still variability in coding

14 29 September 2010 Solutions Quality and Outcomes Framework Commissioning Hub and spoke models Accreditation of the GPwSI Wider availability of appropriate testing All would help triage and improve patient journey

15 29 September 2010 Prof Don Berwick A promise to learn – a commitment to act –Improving the safety of patients in England National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England August 2013 “The most important single change in the NHS in response to this report would be for it to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care, top to bottom and end to end.”

16 29 September 2010 “I felt such relief. Having spent what feels like years asking for help, suddenly someone seemed to be listening.”


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