Innovative Schemes for Allergic Children Supported by Action Against Allergy – Guy’s and St. Thomas’s.

The Eczema Education Programme, a pioneering approach to paediatric allergy care was begun some six years ago, at Guy’s and St. Thomas’s by Karina Jackson, Consultant Nurse, St John’s Institute of Dermatology. It provide important benefits to patients and their families and thanks to funding support from Action Against Allergy this innovative service will now continue.

The Eczema Education Programme provides practical home management knowledge to parents of children with eczema. An initiative taken by Karina Jackson, the service was developed collaboratively with the local NHS Primary Care Trust in 2008. It provides parents with two two-hour group sessions, learning about triggers and treatments. Evaluation has shown that parental satisfaction was highly rated, with parents gaining confidence in home management of their children’s condition and needing fewer visits to the GP

Commented Karina Jackson:

“This is the first reported large-scale nurse-led, theory-based model of structured eczema education delivered to groups of parents/carers, providing an opportunity to standardise clinical management. We have received 5,000 referrals since its inception.”

The support being given by Action Against Allergy to this project uses part of a legacy from the late Mr Roland Hill, husband of AAA’s founder Amelia Nathan Hill, who began the charity in 1978.