Meet the programme team

The office team are responsible for the daily running of the programme. If you wish to contact any member of the team, please email us at

Dr Sarah Goddard

QPIDS clinical lead

Dr Sarah Goddard has set up from scratch and been the clinical lead for the immunology service in the North Midlands since 2010 and Lecturer at Keele Medical School. Her interests are in quality improvement in immunodeficiency services, complex CVID and immunoglobulin replacement. 

Dr Goddard set up the regional West Midlands Immunology Network in 2011. She set up the North Midlands SRIAP and is the immunology lead on the panel and has taken part in the immunoglobulin working group for NHSE. Dr Goddard has represented the West Midlands on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group in Immunology. Dr Goddard has been an invited speaker giving talks nationally on complex CVID and HAE, as well as this she set up and chairs the national multi-specialty meeting for complex CVID.


Christine Symons

Nurse advisor

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 or so years ago. She set up the home therapy service for Devon and Cornwall and now oversees the expanded nurses’ team. In 2009,  she completed her MSc in Allergy and is a non-medical prescriber, routinely prescribing for immune deficiency and allergy patients.

She sits on the Medical Advisory Boards of HAEUK and UKPIPS and has acted as Chair for HAE-INO, and for SWWING. Christine is an honorary university fellow with University of Plymouth Peninsula school of medicine and dentistry and has been involved in a number of published research projects, clinical trials and audits.

Cynthia Yim

Senior Project Manager 

Cynthia is the Senior Project Manager for the Accreditation Unit at the Royal College of Physicians. Cynthia manages three national accreditation programmes; the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS), the Improving Quality in Allergy Services (IQAS) and the Quality in Primary Immunodeficiency Services (QPIDS) programmes. 

Cynthia graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science from St George’s University of London and has worked in project management and exam delivery for the past 10 years, including the delivery of national and international MRCP(UK) examinations, the development and roll-out of the JETS Workforce competency-based training programme for the endoscopy workforce and various accreditation programmes. Cynthia has a passion for healthcare improvement and service development. Cynthia works closely with services, commissioners, national stakeholders, and NHS England to support the clinical community working towards achieving and maintaining service accreditation.


Chloe Shields 

Programme Coordinator 

Chloe is the Programme Coordinator for the IQAS and QPIDS programmes and is responsible for supporting services gain accreditation on their pathway, and she was previously the Programme Administrator for IQAS and QPIDS. 

Before Chloe joined the Royal College of Physicians, she worked as a Clinical Administrator for a mental health charity, and she is currently studying Psychology with Counselling at The Open University. 


Alex Yeung

Programme Administrator 

Alex is the Programme Administrator for IQAS and QPIDS programmes and is responsible for supporting services gain accreditation on their pathway. Alex will also be leading service subscription management. 

Before Alex joined the Royal College of Physicians, he worked as an administrator for a sixth form college and is currently studying Counselling. 

Out of work Alex is keen on reading books with a cup of coffee.