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."
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community