The QPIDS steering group

The QPIDS steering group provides expert advice and guidance to the QPIDS scheme, ensuring its good governance and management, and providing strategic direction and forward planning. It meets quarterly and includes representatives of all main stakeholders in the QPIDS scheme.


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. 



Malvina Rossi
Programme manager - QPIDS and IQAS

Malvina Rossi is accreditation manager for the IQAS and QPIDS accreditation scheme.  She is based at the Royal College of Physicians and is responsible for the operational management of the scheme.  She works with the clinical lead and the steering group on the scheme's strategy, development and expansion.

Malvina has worked in the voluntary sector for many years and has managed a number of projects within healthcare organisations including the Royal College of General Practitioners, Marie Curie and Diabetes UK.


Caroline Rogers
Manager - Royal College of Physicians Accreditation Unit 

Debbie Johnston
Head assessor - Royal College of Physicians Accreditation Unit 

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare in nursing, managerial, quality improvement and quality assurance roles. She has a proven track record of delivering large complex programmes and projects at national and international level. Debbie has developed advanced skills in many areas, including: training and leadership skills development; quality improvement; assessor training and development; change management; programme and business management skills. 

Fran Ashworth
Immunology & allergy nurse specialist; nurse clinical advisor to IQAS and QPIDS







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 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. 


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