The Anaphylaxis Campaign has become a member of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance (SHCA), the group campaigning on behalf of people with rare and complex conditions.
The Alliance is a coalition of 100 patient-related organisations, supported by 14 corporate members, all of who work together towards helping patients with complex conditions such as anaphylaxis and allergies achieve the best care possible.
These services cover a wide range of conditions, many of which could affect any one at any point in their lives.
Since its formation in 2003, SHCA has played a significant part in shaping the development of policy and implementation from the Carter Report of 2006 through 2010's Health Select Committee Inquiry into specialised commissioning to the major changes now flowing from the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Membership of SHCA will allow the Anaphylaxis campaign to:
The Alliance concerns itself with overarching policies and structures, rather than individual therapeutic areas, allowing its work to complement that of individual member groups.
Anaphylaxis Campaign CEO Lynne Regent said: “This is a highly respected organisation and one which seeks vigorously to achieve progress for those with rare and complex conditions. We hope that in joining this group, the Anaphylaxis Campaign will be able to further amplify our message that anaphylaxis is a serious but manageable condition, but that more resource needs to be dedicated to the care and needs of those affected.”