Ms Barbara Boardman, a primary immunodeficiencies (PID) clinical nurse at Manchester University organised a WPIW event in Manchester on April 12, attended by over 50 participants, including PID clinicians, nurses and patients. IPOPI President, Mrs Jose Drabwell, was in attendance and provided an overview of IPOPI’s worldwide work.
Dr Tracy Briggs gave an overview of genetics and genome medicine, a complicated topic made very easy to understand by the way Dr Briggs presented all this information, from the innate and adaptive immune system to changes in gene mutation, followed by an explanation of exome sequencing, “100,000 genome project”, prenatal testing and genetic diagnosis.
Clinical Nurse Fran Ashworth, lead nurse for accreditation, spoke about the process which involves adhering to the system of providing high quality care and standards. At the moment there are 10 fully accredited PID centres and 23 others are registered to work on becoming fully accredited. A dedicated team consisting of a PID consultant, nurse specialist and a patient inspector are making on-site inspections although it is mandatory that centres are working on their own accreditation standards which involves organisation and administration.