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Congratulations to Dr Tushar Banerjee, consultant paediatrician


Dr Banerjee

Dr Tushar Banerjee, consultant paediatrician, has been selected by Imperial College, London to receive the first ever Jill Warner Award. The annual award will go to the MSc research project considered to have the most impact on allergy patient care.  Dr Banerjee's project, 'The knowledge, practice and perception of food allergy in food handlers working in the in-hospital and takeaway restaurants', aimed to reduce the significant risk of accidental exposure to food allergens in these locations.

Dr Banerjee explains, "My study looked into the knowledge, practice and training given to food handlers working in takeaway restaurants and small hotel restaurants in particular.  In addition to questionnaires, I spoke directly to a number of people working in these areas and this qualitative element of the study was very revealing.  Sadly, and speaking generally,  people at risk from food allergies are at significant risk of accidental exposure from this kind of restaurant, and there's a significant risk of death.

"I am working with Darlington Borough Council and the Food Standards Agency, amongst others, delivering training and lectures to service providers to raise awareness.

"Winning this award came as a total surprise and I am particularly pleased as it means my research findings being shared even more widely than I hoped."

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham