Amena is Head of Clinical Services at Allergy UK, a national charity that works to raise awareness of allergic disease both nationally and internationally. She took up this appointment after working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Immunology and Allergy at an NHS Hospital Trust. She trained at University College Hospital, followed by paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She also holds a Public Health and Specialist Practice in School Nursing qualification gained in 1994. Visiting schools and carrying out health assessments made Amena very aware of the rising incidence of allergy in the UK and was instrumental in developing her interest in the field.
Amena is a member of the College of Nursing Immunology & Allergy Nurses group and is the first nurse to sit on the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) council where she started the National Nurses in Allergy Group.
Amena will discuss:
- What is Allergy? What impact does the building have on the occupants inside?
- The drive for energy conservation has not considered the indoor effects and consequences from temperature and humidity, which can exacerbate allergy.
- The outgassing of some internal finishing materials can have devastating effects on respiratory health.