Meet the assessors

Assessors are the face of the accreditation programme, acting as ambassadors and upholding its reputation. Assessors support QPIDS by promoting and championing good practice and continuous improvement. They have a critical role in assessing services for accreditation, providing a fair, comprehensive and transparent assessment and providing clear instruction for service improvement. 

Our assessors are consultants and nurses in the service and we also have lay assessors, who represent the patient voice.

If you are interested in applying for the role of assessor., please email the team to express an interest:

The assessors

Dr Claire Bethune
Clinical lead for immunology and allergy at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Bethune is clinical lead for the Immunology and Allergy services in Plymouth and has developed regional home therapy programmes for both immunoglobulin replacement in antibody deficiency and for acute treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema.  Dr Bethune is also lead clinician for the diagnostic immunology laboratory service in Plymouth. 
An enthusiastic teacher, she has developed courses for GPs and medical students in the South West and has been invited to lecture at national and international meetings.


Dr Scott Hackett
Consultant paediatric immunologist at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Scott Hackett is a Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He leads the nationally accredited paediatric immunology service, based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, covering the West Midlands. With 2 paediatric allergy/immunology nurse specialists he aims to see review all children with HAE within the West Midlands. They also run regular Immune deficiencies clinics, provide weekly ward reviews if needed and train patients on how to administer home therapies including C1 esterase. He runs monthly clinics with his adult immunology colleagues where they transition adolescents starting slowly from age 12-13 years.
Scott also leads the largest paediatric allergy service in the West Midlands receiving regional referral for complex cases of chronic urticarial, angioedema and complex gastrointestinal allergies including FPIES. He has recently become the chair for the RCPCH Immunology, Allergy and Infectious Diseases training CSAC and aims to improve paediatric immunology/allergy training and services within the UK.

Professor Sophie Hambleton
Professor of Paediatrics & Immunology, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sophie is professor of paediatrics and immunology at Newcastle University and a practicing consultant paediatric immunologist at the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. Sophie represents paediatric immunology on the QPIDS steering group, on behalf of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  She is also co-lead of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership for Immune and Non-malignant Haematological Disorders. Sophie's research and clinical activities are geared towards improving outcomes for children with primary immunodeficiency.


Dr Aarn Huissoon
Consultant immunologist and head of service at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Aarn Huissoon is a Consultant Immunologist at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. He is clinical and laboratory lead for Allergy and Immunology West Midlands, the first centre to be accredited for both Immunology and Allergy services. He was previously an immunology centre accreditation inspector for UKPIN, forerunner of the current QPIDS scheme.
Aarn trained in Immunology in Nottingham before returning to Birmingham, where he had previously undertaken his PhD studies.


Dr Rashmi Jain
Consultant immunologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rashmi is a Consultant in Immunology in Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust since January 2012. She looks after patients with primary and secondary immune deficiency providing care for patients receiving immunoglobulin replacement and neurology patients needing immunomodulatory therapy. She is the lead on allergy services in Oxford providing care for patients with allergy especially those with venom allergy needing venom immunotherapy, chronic urticaria and angioedema, food allergy, drug allergy and pollen allergy. She is the clinical liaison for the Integrated MSc Immunology course being run by the Oxford University and teaches actively on this. She is the training programme director for Immunology trainees. She is the treasurer for the UKPIN since November 2015.


Dr Ravishankar Sargur
Consultant immunologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ravi is a clinical lead for the laboratory Immunology services and Protein Reference unitin Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Ravi is currently the chair of the JRCPTB Speciality Advisorycommittee ( Immunology). He also represents Immunology on the UKAS ProfessionalAdvisory committee.  He has a keen interest in quality control and qualityassurance. He developed the  Sheffield Laboratory Atlas of Variation withSheffield CCG to help optimise laboratory test utilisation in primarycare. 




Fran Ashworth
Immunology and allergy nurse specialist and home therapy coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Fran started her career in Musgrave Park Hospital, Northern Ireland. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Allery Southampton 2005 and her MSc in 2009 Sheffield Hallam University

Fran set up the Immunology & Allergy Nursing   Service in Sheffield; she was the Senior Immunology & Allergy Nurse Specialist for 20 years.  She was a member of the UK PIN steering group and subsequently job shared the post of UK PIN secretary

She has led a team of nurses and   has been actively involved with INGID Election Committee. She has presented both nationally and internationally within the Immunology and Allergy forum.  Fran sits on the HAE UK and UK PIPS medical panel.

 Since 2015 Fran has moved to the Lead in the Home Therapy Service, Home Therapy Coordinator. She has been actively involved in UK PIN accreditation for many years and is now an assessor with the Royal College of Physicians Accreditation scheme.




Barbara Boardman
Paediatric immunology specialist practitioner at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barbara has worked in the field of paediatric immunology for over 10 years, and has undertaken post graduate studies in immunology nursing. Previous to this, Barbara worked as a specialist practitioner within paediatric haematology and haemophilia.
Barbara has previously chaired the National Immunology and Allergy Nurses group and is a member of  the International Nursing Group for Immunodeficiencies (INGID). She has presented at national and international immunology conferences and  has been involved in peer review of patient information for this client group.


Sandra Edwards-Fenton
Clinical immunology nurse specialist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Sandra is a clinical immunology nurse specialist in Southampton, since Sandra joined the team 3 years ago, the home therapy service alone has expanded 5 fold with over 60 home therapy patients. Sandra’s previous experience within other specialist fields brings a wealth of knowledge looking after patients & their families with chronic conditions. Sandra is a member & attends the International Nursing Group for Immunodeficiencies (Ingid), Immunology & Allergy Nurses Group (IANG) & her local South West & Wales Immunology Nurses Group (SWWING), she also takes an active roll in the research carried out by the Immunology department in Southampton.


Dorothea Grosse-Kreul
Senior specialist nurse in immunology and allergy at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dorothea has been a senior specialist nurse for allergy and clinical immunology at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London since 2002. She completed her general nurse training at St. Marien Hospital, Botrrop, Germany in 1989. She studied for her post-graduate qualifications in London, where she completed a Good Clinical Practice Course, BSc and a Post Graduate Diploma. She is currently the Treasurer of the International Nursing Group for Immunodeficiencies. She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on the role of immunoglobulins in allergies, including replacement therapy.

Christine Symons

Nurse consultant at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust 

Christine is a consultant nurse for immunology and allergy at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth where she was among the wave of new Immunology and Allergy Specialist nurses in the UK 20 years ago. She has set up the home therapy service for Devon and Cornwall and now oversees the expanded nurses’ team. Christine is a Trustee of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN). She also sits on the Medical Advisory Boards of HAEUK and UKPIPS and acts as Chair for HAE-INO, the international nurses’ organisation for HAE, and for SWWING, the regional Immunology nurses’ group. Christine holds an Honorary Clinical Fellowship from Plymouth University and has been involved in a number of published research projects, clinical trials and audits.

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