About this event

  • Date and time Wed 17 Jul 2019 from 8:30am to 8:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Paediatrics and Child Health

Despite the growing number of children within the UK with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, there remains significant barriers to the timely integration of palliative care services for many patients.

This study day will explore the core principles of delivering care to children with palliative care needs, and will draw on expertise from leading professionals within the field as well as the families themselves.

Trainees will be given the chance to explore the full remit of palliative care services available, and reflect on some of the ethical challenges arising towards the end of life.

Topics include:

  • The broad definition of palliative care in childhood and factors that determine when the care of a patient becomes palliative
  • Appropriate therapeutic intervention in symptom control
  • Local opportunities for respite care, including hospice availability

'Life as a clinical director' - by Dr Nitu Sengupta, community paediatrician & clinical director

Following on from our Q&A with an eminent NHS CEO, we continue our journey into the world of medical leadership & management by exploring the role of a clinical director. 

Dr Sengupta will be joining us to describe the ins & outs of her dual role as physician and director, the daily challenges, expectations and her journey to reach her current position.

Find out how to make the most of leadership opportunities at your stage of learning, what contributions clinicians can make to managerial & governance processes, and how to build your CV for future leadership roles.  

We look forward to welcoming all trainees and non-trainee doctors with wine & nibbles! - Tickets cost £15pp.


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Welcome and introduction

Session one

Introduction to paediatric palliative care

Dr Finella Craig, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Parent perspective

Mr Richard Strawson, Parent Speaker

Tea and coffee break

Session two

Medicines in palliative care

Bhumik Patel, Senior Specialist, Pharmacist Paediatric Palliative, Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Paediatric palliative care in oncology

Dr Caroline Sterling, Palliative Medicine Consultant, University College London


Session three

Interactive workshops
Workshop 1: Neonatal palliative care

Ms Alexandra Mancini, Pan London Lead Nurse, Neonatal Palliative Care,
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation, True Colours Trust

Workshop 2: Paediatric hospice care

Ms Rebecca Brace, Practice Development Nurse, Demelza Hospice Care for Children 

Paediatric palliative care GRID trainee experience

Dr Sophie Bertaud, Paediatric Palliative Care GRID Trainee, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Tea and coffee break

Session four

Pain management and symptom management

Dr Renee McCulloch, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Talking to families and siblings about end of life

Ms Stephanie Nimmo, Writer

Close of meeting

LME skills evening

Life as a clinical director

Dr Nitu Sengupta, Community Paediatrician and Clinical Director


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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