The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds a wide range of research relating to allergies.
Three NIHR biomedical research units in respiratory disease have been awarded a combined total of £21.6 million over five years from April 2012. The programmes of these units include research on severe asthma.
The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London has a research theme on environmental, respiratory health and allergy with total funding of £2.2 million over five years from April 2012.
The NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre has a paediatrics research theme with total funding of £4.4 million over five years from April 2012. This theme includes a focus on allergic diseases (asthma, eczema, rhino-conjunctivitis, anaphylaxis and food allergy).
The University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust is receiving £2.5 million NIHR funding between September 2012 and March 2017 for a respiratory and allergy clinical research facility.
The NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme is funding a £0.5 million study on preventing and lessening exacerbations of asthma in school-age children associated with a new term. This study began in January 2013 and the report of its findings is expected to be published in late 2016.
Other individual studies currently funded by the NIHR relating to allergy include a £0.2 million project on enabling people with the oral allergy syndrome to eat fresh fruit. This study is due to end in March 2015.
The Government has mandated Health Education England (HEE) to provide national leadership on education, training and work force development in the national health service. This mandate includes a commitment that HEE will ensure that general practitioner (GP) training produces GPs with the required competencies to practise in the new NHS. Consequently HEE will work with stakeholders to influence training curricula as appropriate.
Two allergy specialty trainees were recruited this year. It is currently anticipated that two new trainees will also be recruited in the next two years.