Allergy embraces a variety of medical and surgical specialities, including paediatrics and dietetics, and the training is unique and varied. Allergic diseases affect millions, and there is ample opportunity to provide tangible and effective help to sufferers, both through active intervention (drugs, immunotherapy) and allergen avoidance.
The training programme is based around a central core of general allergy clinics which should provide experience of a wide range of problems, including; food allergy, drug allergy and the management of anaphylaxis. Trainees are taught how to manage an allergen immunotherapy clinic. Alongside this, there are attachments to dermatology (for training in eczema, urticaria and contact dermatitis), ENT (evaluation and management of the upper respiratory tract), respiratory medicine (asthma, extrinsic allergic alveolitis and occupational lung disease), paediatrics (milestones, infant food allergy and substitute formulas, infant rhinitis, eczema and asthma) and immunology (vasculitis, immunoglobulin deficiency). In addition, the trainee will spend time in a diagnostic laboratory, becoming acquainted with the indications, methods and limitations of relevant diagnostic tests such as RAST.
Entry into Allergy training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are two core training programmes for Allergy training:
- Core Medical Training (CMT)
- Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)
The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.
Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARCP Decision Aids define the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year for core medical training (CMT) and higher medical training specialties. Trainees and trainers should refer to the latest ARCP decision aids published on this website.
ARCP decision aids were revised to reflect the changes to the system for assessment and review from August 2014 and replaced all previous versions.