30 years of Allergy UK
The British Allergy Foundation is founded
The British Allergy Foundation was founded by a group of leading allergists who saw the need for a patient organisation dedicated to allergy – a chronic health condition that was affecting more and more lives in the UK (to become Allergy UK).
Allergy UK’s Seal of Approval is established
Now a globally recognised endorsement for products which have been scientifically tested and proven to reduce or remove allergens from the environment. It is currently used in 135 countries across the world by over 100 companies on a wide variety of products. The Allergy Friendly Product Award is given to products which have been independently tested and which are unlikely to cause a reaction.
Allergy Research Limited established as the trading subsidiary of Allergy UK
Providing independent scientific advisory and endorsement of products.
Allergy UK is established as charitable patient organisation
Under the umbrella of the British Allergy Foundation
Allergy UK granted charitable status in Scotland
Appointment of Carla Jones as CEO
following retirement of the charity’s first CEO Muriel Symonds.
2021 – Allergy UK turns 30!
Our programmes and innovations over the years:
2003 First Allergy UK seminars on allergy for nurses and midwives
2004 Translation of Factsheets and other resources into different languages
2005 Allergy UK online diploma in allergy launched
2006 Introduction of podcasts and web chat added to our Helpline for people living with allergy
2007 Project Blossom created to support children with allergic conditions
2009 Launch of an Allergy UK website for healthcare professionals
2010 Development of regional allergy workshops for healthcare professionals in primary care (the start of our Masterclass programme)
2012 Introduction of a magazine for healthcare professionals (now Allergy Today)
2014 Launch of SAAG (School Allergy Action group) – a programme to help schools develop an allergy management policy
2015 First pilot for the Dietitians Service – a service providing specialist allergy advice to parents of children presenting symptoms of food allergy
2016 ‘Wheals of Despair’ campaign focusing on urticaria
2016 First Allergy Heroes Awards Programme
2017 New integrated website launched
2017 Feasibility study for a nurse-led primary care based allergy service in NHS Lothian
2018 Second Allergy Heroes Award Programme
2019 Allergy Awareness Weeks held twice a year in Spring and Autumn
2020 Launch of a programme of online webinar Masterclasses for healthcare professionals and a new programme of digital resources including videos and podcasts.
Our work with the National Allergy Strategy Group:
- The Royal College of Physicians Report ‘Allergy – the Unmet Need’ is published highlighting the gaps in care provision for people living with allergy
- House of Commons Health Committee Report on Allergy published
- Appointment of a Department of Health senior civil servant with responsibility for allergy to work closely with the National Allergy Strategy Group
- Department of Health Report published with a number of key outcomes, including:
- A national competence framework for allergy care pathways for children with allergy as well as, most importantly NICE Guidelines in allergy which set national standards for the treatment of allergy
- ‘Nature and extent of allergy in the UK’ – evidence to the Department of Health Report from the BSACI
- Primary Care initiative – improving GP knowledge of allergy – a joint report by the National Allergy Group and the Royal College of Physicians.
- Meeting with Health Minister Anne Keen on lack of access to care due to patchy and minimal services as a result of a lack of doctors trained in allergy. This led to a report to the Workforce Advisory Group on need to expand the allergy workforce and create more training places for doctors to train as allergists
2007 – 2019
- House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report
- Initiative to develop a a model new regional allergy centre (the NW Allergy Centre)
- RCP (Royal College of Physicians) and RCPath Report ‘Still not meeting the unmet need’
- Primary Care Initiative Phase 2 – Allergy in Primary Care: improving awareness and knowledge of allergy through GP training and education work with the Royal College of General Practitioners.
- Training course in allergy developed with RCGP courses, BSACI training courses and the development of the Allergy UK Masterclasses for primary care.
Allergy UK representation on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Allergy
Allergy UK has been involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Allergy since its inception, taking part in the Group’s meetings and events focused on improving the health service provision for people living with allergic disease:
‘Young People and Allergy’ – a meeting for over 50 young people and their families at Portcullis House.
Reception at the House of Commons attended by over 60 people with the Health Minister in attendance.
Meeting on Airborne Allergies – their effect on quality of life
Meeting on improving allergy services – the journey towards adequate care
10 Years on after the Unmet Need Report: NHS still failing patients
Launch of the Report: Allergy, the Reality of the Unmet Need.
Reception at the House of Commons: The Impact of Allergy calling for services; increase in education and better commissioning.
- Over 84,500 monthly visits to our website
- Nearly 58,000 downloads of our FREE Factsheets
- Over 31,000 people signed up to receive our monthly newsletter
- Over 30,700 views of our Live more allergy comfortable webpages
- Nearly 33,000 visits to our COVID-19 information webpages
- Over 20,000 downloads of our digital Weaning your food allergic baby pack
- Our Helpline responded to over 3,600 calls (Apr 2020-Mar 2021)
- Since its launch in 2015, over 1,200 babies have now gone through our dietitian’s service
- Over 4,600 people have visited our Allergy House since its launch in 2019
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