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Children’s nurse wins charity praise for allergy work


A paediatric nurse involved in a pioneering scheme to recognise and treat allergies in young children as early as possible has won a prestigious national award.

Rachel Griffin, a children nurse practitioner at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is lead nurse on the Itchy Sneezy Wheezy scheme.

She has been awarded the Barry Kay Allied Health Professional award, which is run by the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and recognises important contributions to the field of allergy and asthma.

Ms Griffin led work on obtaining patient experience feedback on the Itchy Sneezy Wheezy project, and was recognised for her hard work and contribution to the scheme.

The Itchy Sneezy Wheezy project is a scheme of integrated care involving GP practices, schools and other partners to achieve better diagnosis, reduced hospital admissions and better quality of life for young patients in north west London.

The project also developed a patient report experience measure (PREM), a survey which asks young people affected by allergies to provide views on their condition and the impact it has on their lives.

The scheme is run in collaboration by the trust with Imperial College London, the National Institute for Health Research and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Ms Griffin said: “I was delighted to win an award which recognises good research, particularly as I am a clinician not an academic.

“It is a great achievement and reflects the work and contribution of the entire Itchy Sneezy Wheezy team,” she said.

She was presented with a scroll and £200 at a ceremony at the Telford International Conference Centre.

The scheme has been led by Professor John Warner, consultant paediatric allergy and chest physician at the Trust’s St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

Dr Claudia Gore, a consultant paediatrician at Imperial College Healthcare Trust involved in the project, said: “It’s fantastic that the Society recognised Rachel’s hard work.

“She has been an invaluable member of the Itchy Sneezy Wheezy team and she impressed the judges with her professionalism and dedication to the project.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Well done Rachel. Allergies can have a serious impact on family life. The more we can do to improve the situation the better it will be for families and carers.

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  • Congratulations to Rachel with recognition well deserved.
    Hopefully we can organise something similar in my trust.
    A shame that the media aren't interested in this, instead of jumping to report about anybody disgruntled about waiting times/doctors diagnosis/poor hospital meals, and whinging about nurses 'not caring.'

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