Venom allergy

The College's care pathway for venom 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 venom allergy.

The algorithm has numbers which correspond to the competences outlined within the body of the document. Download the full venom allergy pathway: RCPCH Care Pathway for Venom Allergy (PDF, 1.7MB, 8 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.

Venom allergy definition

Venom allergy is defined as an immune mediated (immediate-onset) reaction to a venom. This pathway covers bee and wasp venom allergy, which are the most common.

Core knowledge documents

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