About this event

  • Date and time Sat 15 Jul 2023 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Paediatrics and Child Health

Palliative care is an incredibly important area of medicine, and we currently are not meeting NICE quality standards in providing all children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions appropriate care at the end of their life. 

By upskilling paediatric trainees, we can begin to address this gap in service and improve the general paediatrician's confidence in approaching children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

So join us for this meeting to improve your understanding, knowledge and skills to approach commonly encountered issues in paediatric palliative care, so you can confidently approach palliative patients and their families.

By attending, you will:

  • Understand which patients should be referred to palliative care and when
  • Recognise, assess, and manage a range of symptoms in palliative patients including emergencies, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological
  • Develop understanding of how to communicate with patients and their families
  • Understand the patient/family perspective of paediatric palliative care
  • Develop knowledge about perinatal and neonatal palliative care
  • Gain a further understanding about the post-death process and bereavement support
  • Appreciate the ethical complexity involved in palliative care

The event recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the day via Zoom.

This event is also available to attend in person on Wednesday 12 July 2023. Please click here to book the in-person event 

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Chair: Dr Emily Titherington, Paediatric SpR, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Dr Hannah Devlin, Paediatric SpR, West Middlesex University Hospital, Dr Gareth Jones, Paediatric SpR, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Session 1

The what, who, when, why and where of paediatric palliative care

Dr Ella Aidoo, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Evelina Childrens Hospital

Basic and emergency symptom management

Dr Dilini Rajapakse, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Panel discussion
Comfort break

Session 2

Communication: Talking to patients and their families

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

Parent perspective

Georgina Lucas

Panel discussion
Comfort break

Session 3

Neonatal and perinatal palliative care

Alex Mancini, National Lead Nurse for Neonatal Palliative Care, Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Bereavement and post-death care

Tara Kerr-Elliot, Children's Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Nursing Fellow, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Panel discussion
Comfort break
Interactive workshops

Palliative Care Cases, Dr Lizzie Bendle, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Evelina Childrens Hospital and Dr Gillian Hughes, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Evelina Childrens Hospital,

Ethics Case Based Discussion, Dr Joanna Laddie, Paediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Evelina Childrens Hospital

Panel discussion
Career Paths; GRID, spin & alternative career paths

Dr Anna Chadwick, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dr Hannah Linford, Paediatric Consultant undertaking special interest in Palliative Care, Royal Marsden Hospital



Registration for this event will close 1 hour prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.


  • The agenda is subject to change at any time
  • If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM discretion.
  • All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.
  • This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.
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