Training and development (allergy)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

Allergy was established as a unique medical specialty in 2001.

The approved postgraduate training programme for allergy is available from the GMC. The allergy curriculum covers 14 topic areas: fundamental immunological knowledge, relevant laboratory experience, asthma, rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, drug and vaccine allergy, insect venom allergy, urticaria and angioedema, anaphylaxis, latex allergy, allergen immunotherapy, paediatric allergy, unconventional therapies and immunodeficiency. 

The full training programmes for allergy last a minimum of seven years (ST1-ST7). Selection takes place before entry to ST1 (after the foundation programme) and again before entry to ST3. A significant proportion of the trainees in allergy are training less than full time.

There are two main training pathways at ST1 for allergy:

Programmes consist of four to six placements in medical specialties which must include direct involvement in acute medical ‘take’. Trainees record their workplace based assessments (WPBAs) in an ePortfolio which they continue to use in specialty training.

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 should also hold the full MRCP (UK). Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Paediatric trainees need to complete ST1-ST5 in paediatrics before joining sub-specialty training in paediatric allergy at ST6.

Successful completion of specialty training (ST3-7) in allergy medicine will enable you to gain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and to be registered on the Specialist Register in allergy medicine.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for allergy medicine.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for allergy ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in allergy as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you. 

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