This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. You will also learn how to manage common allergic conditions, such as eczema, food allergy, asthma and drug allergy.
This course has been developed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who have a particular interest in clinical allergy. The focus is clinical, drawing on the latest research. The course is suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.
You will study our compulsory allergy module alongside a range of optional modules. The allergy module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and covers:
- basic immunology for clinical allergy practice
- clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches
- allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema
- drug allergy
- food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease)
- 'hot topics' in allergy.
This innovative course is aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in a health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways, whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 100 for Medicine - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
Modules are taught online, so you can choose to study anytime, anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments and develop your online digital literacy skills. You can select from over 30 modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study.
Alternatively, you can choose to complete the allergy module as standalone Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The allergy module runs over 14 weeks starting in April 2019. You will cover important areas in the field of allergy, with an emphasis on interaction and case discussion. During the module you will take three online assessments that examine your abilities in:
- critical appraisal
- wider understanding of the subject
- clinical evaluation skills.
The format of the allergy module draws on clinical cases and uses a variety of interactive tools to enhance learning.
This online course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.
You will be taught by staff with experience and expertise in allergy, such as Dr Gillian Vance, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Allergist.
Dr Vance studied medicine at Cambridge. She then went on to train in general paediatrics and paediatric allergy at the University of Southampton. Here she obtained a PhD for her work on exploring maternal factors that might direct the development of atopy in the infant. She started as a paediatric consultant at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 and in 2012, was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Newcastle University. Dr Vance's allergy practice is based at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her work encompasses all aspects of paediatric allergy, from single food allergy to complex and multi-system allergic symptoms.
You will be given an email address and an account on Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.
No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to a computer, internet connection, webcam, headset and printer. Recommended specifications:
- operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
- processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
- RAM: At least 2GB
- connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
- screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px.
Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 40 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
- multiple choice question exams
- case studies.
Each 20 credit module is the equivalent to 200 hours of estimated study time, which includes:
- studying the module materials
- online networking with fellow students
- directed reading
- interactive and collaborative activities
- preparing assessments.
Our allergy module is of high value to those working in primary care. As such we have been awarded Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) accreditation.
The allergy module is also endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for continuous professional