Food Allergy

Food Allergy logoThe BDA Food Allergy specialist group was formed in 2002. The group has over 100 members and holds meetings twice a year, in addition to being involved in meetings from the British Society for Allergy and Immunology.

Members are registered dietitians who are involved in the field of allergy, many of whom have a high level of expertise in the care of children and adults with food allergies. This includes specialist input into the diagnosis and management of food allergy, including supporting patients and their families with tailored dietary advice following diagnosis.

Many Food Allergy group members are also actively involved in research projects within the field of food allergy and intolerance (also referred to as food hypersensitivity), presenting this work in publications and at national and international allergy conferences. This work has contributed significantly to the development of practical approaches to the diagnosis and management of food allergy. 

The Food Allergy specialist group has experienced and dedicated dietitians on the committee and over the years the group have made significant progress with regards to sharing resources with other health care professionals and putting together position statements and advising Government Agencies such as the Food Standards Agency. Members debate issues and share information with regards to food allergy and intolerance using an email network and through their meetings.

Aim

To encourage, support and disseminate best evidence-based practice, and influence the development of the dietitian’s role in the food allergy and intolerance field at national and international level.

The BDA Food Allergy specialist group aims to support dietitians working in this field by maximizing multi-disciplinary training opportunities, so all can share and learn from best allergy practice. The group is committed to promoting communication with other specialities in order to strengthen links and further their understanding of food hypersensitivity. A more recent development instigated by members of FAISG is the International Network for Diet And Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA) (more information can be found on www.indana-allergynetwork.org

Objectives

  1. To facilitate dietitians working in food allergy and intolerance to employ the best/evidence based practice.
  2. To act as a voice of professional expertise for and on behalf of dietitians working in food allergy and intolerance.

Allergy training

The BDA Food Allergy group members are integrally involved in both of the Masters level Allergy courses run in the UK. The group established a food allergy module as part of the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University, which ran for the first time in April 2004 and is currently being led by Prof Syed Arshad and former FAIG chair Dr. Carina Venter.

The MSc in Allergy, established in 2009 at Imperial College London, also has a dedicated food allergy module co-led by Dr. Isabel Skypala and Dr. Rosan Meyer, both longstanding Food Allergy Group members. The food allergy modules on both MSc courses are open to dietitians as stand-alone modules, without the need for participation in the whole MSc programme.

The BDA Food Allergy specialist group is also the first group to have developed a competency based study day with the support of the BDA on the diagnosis and management of cow’s milk protein allergy. This study day will continue to run in areas where there is demand from dietitians, through the BDA. The Food Allergy group is hoping to take this model forward for other competency based allergy courses.

To arrange further courses please contact Rosanna Hudson at the BDA on: r.hudson@bda.uk.com.

Please contact liane.reeves@nhs.net for more information about the course.

Join

To join the BDA Food Allergy specialist group, see the Joining a Specialist Group page.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about Food Allergy group or would like to contact one of the committee members, please email the Food Allergy group secretary miriam.tarkin@nhs.net.