Highlights from the APPM Study Day
Katrina McNamara and Jane Houghton from Together for Short Lives attended the recent Annual Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM) study day held in London on 27 November.
The APPM represents doctors working in paediatric palliative care across all care settings in the UK, this includes paediatricians with an interest in paediatric palliative medicine and other doctors, particularly GPs with a specialist interest, many of whom are working in children's hospices. The APPM was formed in November 2009 following a merger of the Children's Hospice UK doctors group and the British Society for Paediatric Palliative Medicine (BSPPM). More details about the APPM are available on their website.
This year’s event was again a sell-out event. it was a day full of information, with the latest thinking in terms of treatment and approaches for a wide range of issues faced by practitioners on a daily basis from the challenging management of dystonia – and the role Deep Brain Stimulation can play in the care of children who have dystonia; the management of neuroenteric failure and the place of long-term ventilation in children’s palliative care, as well as a series of workshops on Organ Donation; the Perils of Prescribing and the new death certification process.
Dr Sat Jassal also launched the latest e-version of the APPM Formulary and Rainbows Symptom Control Manual which can be accessed online here.
Despite a packed programme for the day, there was also time for the APPM Annual General Meeting and a nurses’ forum which looked at issues of non-medical prescribing. A day full of information and networking!
Katrina McNamara is Director of Practice and Service Development at Together for Short Lives