Care pathway for food allergy

The College's care pathway for food allergy is presented in two parts:

  1. an algorithm with the stages of ideal care, and
  2. a set of competences required to diagnose, treat and optimally manage anaphylaxis.

The algorithm has numbers which correspond to the competences outlined within the body of the document. Download the full food allergy pathway: Food Allergy Care Pathway (PDF, 1.9MB, 14 pages). 

We recommend that this pathway is implemented locally by a multidisciplinary team, with a focus on creating networks between staff in primary and community healthcare, social care, education and hospital based practice to improve services for children with allergic conditions. All specialists should have paediatric training.

Food allergy definition

Food Allergy is defined as an immune-mediated hypersensitivity reaction to food and may be divided into Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated (immediate-onset) reactions and non IgE-mediated (delayed-onset) reactions.

Core knowledge document

The core knowledge document is the clinical guidance which informed the development of the care pathway. Healthcare professionals diagnosing and managing children with food allergy should be aware of the following clinical guidance: