Medical advisory panel

Immunodeficiency UK is fortunate to have the support of a panel of respected medical experts with extensive experience in the diagnosis, treatment and care of primary and secondary immunodeficiencies.

This section gives information on our medical advisory panel members and their role in supporting Immunodeficiency UK.


Dr Matthew Buckland, Chair of Medical Advisory Panel and Consultant immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trusts

Dr Matthew Buckland, Chair of Medical Advisory Panel and Consultant immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trusts

Dr Buckland is the chair of our medical advisory panel. He is a consultant immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Barts Health NHS trusts. He undertook his training in immunology in London. He specialises in immunodeficiency, with expertise in both primary and acquired immunodeficiency and HAE. Working across the two internationally renowned trusts responsible for the care of patients with immunodeficiency, he is involved in the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency in children and adults. At present he is the Chief Investigator for the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN). He sits on a variety of other national committees relevant to immunology. Dr Buckland is the Chair of Trustees for Immunodeficiency UK.

Dr Peter Arkwright, Consultant Paediatric Immunologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Dr Peter Arkwright, Consultant Paediatric Immunologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Peter is a senior lecturer in paediatric immunology at the University of Manchester and an honorary consultant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. He trained at the universities of Western Australia and Oxford as well as Birmingham, Southampton, London, Newcastle and Manchester NHS hospitals. Peter has developed and helps to run the tertiary paediatric immunology and allergy service for the north-west of England. His research interests include the etiology and management of primary immunodeficiency diseases, on which he has published widely. Other clinical and research interests include paediatric vaccinology, anaphylaxis and atopic dermatitis.

Dr Claire Bethune, Consultant Immunologist and lead for immunology and allergy services for the South West Peninsula

Dr Claire Bethune, Consultant Immunologist and lead for immunology and allergy services for the South West Peninsula

Claire qualified from Corpus Christi College in Cambridge having undertaken clinical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. She trained in general medicine in Oxford and then specialised in immunology in Newcastle. Briefly working as a consultant in Newcastle, she moved to the south-west in 2004 and has been a consultant immunologist in Plymouth since then. Claire is the service line lead for the immunology and allergy services in Plymouth and has developed regional home therapy programmes for both immunoglobulin replacement in antibody deficiency and for the treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema. An enthusiastic teacher, she has developed courses for GPs and medical students in the south-west and has been invited to lecture at national and international meetings. She is also a member of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network committee and has responsibility for organising the accreditation of immunodeficiency centres.

Dr Lisa Devlin, Consultant Immunologist at the Regional Immunology Service, Belfast

Dr Lisa Devlin, Consultant Immunologist at the Regional Immunology Service, Belfast

Lisa graduated from Queens University Belfast (QUB), and completed her general professional training in Northern Ireland and Perth, Western Australia. After completing specialist training at the Regional Immunology Service, located in Belfast, she was appointed as a Consultant Immunologist in the service in 2011. She is clinical lead for the clinical and the laboratory service and has been integral in progressing the home therapy program, developing nurse led specialist clinics, and achieving and maintaining QPIDS accreditation status of the service. Lisa has worked as a UKAS assessor for immunology laboratories, is a member of the UKPIN committee, and the QPIDS/IQAS steering groups. She is involved in the preparation and delivery of the immunology curriculum to QUB undergraduates, and the RCPath professional examinations for specialist trainees in immunology.

Dr Mari Campbell, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust & Honorary Associate Professor, University College London

Dr Mari Campbell, Clinical Psychologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust & Honorary Associate Professor, University College London

Mari has been involved in the study and practice of psychology for over twenty years. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London, working with a variety of different patient groups, with different physical health and mental health difficulties, across the lifespan. She joined the Department of Clinical Immunology at the Royal Free London in 2011, establishing and developing psychology services for patients with immunodeficiencies. Mari is a specialist in mental health problems and clinical health psychology (distress related to physical health problems), and works with adults, and their families, within cognitive-behavioural and systemic frameworks. She also enjoys conducting psychological research and values the role it plays in enhancing an individual’s clinical experience and quality of life. She is the author of a number of research papers and book chapters, and has been invited to present at national and international conferences.

Emily Carne, Consultant Nurse, Immunodeficiency Centre for Wales

Emily Carne, Consultant Nurse, Immunodeficiency Centre for Wales

Emily Carne is the Consultant Nurse in Immunology & Allergy for Wales, having previously worked as the Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Lead CNS in the service. She has prior experience working in infectious disease, specialist wound healing, gastroenterology and intensive care, before discovering immunology. After joining the clinical immunology team in Cardiff in 2001, she completed an MSc in health sciences (immunology focus) in 2006 and obtained an advanced nurse practitioner qualification a year later. Emily publishes widely on different aspects of primary immunodeficiency, including quality of life, home therapy and auditing of services for those affected. She has previously held positions on the boards of INGID, BSI-CIAS, UKPIN, BSACI and chair of the Immunology and Allergy Nurses Group.

Lucy Common, Immunology and Allergy Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, Salford Royal Hospital.

Lucy Common, Immunology and Allergy Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, Salford Royal Hospital.

Lucy Common is an Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist in Immunology at Salford Royal Hospital, where she has been in post since 2010. She studied at Kings College London (BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies) followed by further studies at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Diploma in Tropical Nursing) Southampton University (MSc Allergy) and Salford University (Non Medical Prescribing). Lucy has wide and varied nursing experience in Oncology, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and more recently Immunology and Allergy. Lucy leads a small, dedicated and dynamic nurse specialist team at Salford where we put quality and patient experience at the centre of our work. She was fundamental along with the Clinical Lead in driving the service to achieve QPIDS accreditation (Quality in Primary Immunodeficiency Services - Royal College of Physicians) from 2019 onwards.

Dr Helen Chapel, Professor of Clinical Immunology, University of Oxford

Dr Helen Chapel, Professor of Clinical Immunology, University of Oxford

Helen is professor of clinical immunology at the University of Oxford. She has been clinical immunology consultant at the Oxford Radcliffe hospitals since 1978 and has a particular interest in primary immune deficiencies (PIDs). She has published on the several types of common variable immunodeficiency disorders, as well as on patient outcomes of immunoglobulin therapies for replacement and immunomodulation. She started the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) summer school in 1999 and continues to serve on the faculty, as well as to teach at other PID schools elsewhere. She is a member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) PID committee and medical vice-president of the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies (IPOPI).

Dr Tariq El-Shanawany, Consultant Clinical Immunologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Dr Tariq El-Shanawany, Consultant Clinical Immunologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Tariq graduated from Cambridge University and Guy’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine and then undertook general medicine training in London, Worthing and Oxford. After specialising in immunology at the University Hospital of Wales, he was appointed, in 2010, as consultant clinical immunologist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, which provides immunology clinics for patients across south Wales. His research interests include the use of microarray technology to improve the diagnosis of immunodeficiencies. Tariq represents immunology both at a local and national level by chairing the Immunology Specialist Advisory Group, reporting to the Welsh Assembly; being the lead writer of the clinical immunology curriculum for medical students across Wales and organising national training days for doctors specialising in immunology across the UK.

Dr Tomaz Garcez, Consultant Immunologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Tomaz Garcez, Consultant Immunologist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tomaz Garcez graduated from Aberdeen University in 1997 and completed postgraduate general professional training in Cardiff (adult medicine) and higher specialist training in Bristol (immunology and general internal medicine). He was appointed to Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) as consultant immunologist in July 2011. Tomaz leads the clinical and laboratory immunology service in CMFT and is chair of the North West Adult Immunology Network Group. Tomaz has recently been elected to the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network Steering Group and holds a senate seat on the immunology and allergy Clinical Reference Group (NHS England).