The Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine represents doctors working in paediatric palliative care across all care settings in the UK
The APPM therefore represents both 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).
The aims of the APPM are:
- To promote the practice of paediatric palliative medicine and the development of standards of good practice
- To ensure appropriate standards of education, training and practice of paediatric palliative medicine including through the work of the Royal Colleges of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of General Practice and other relevant institutions.
- To promote equity of access to appropriate and effective paediatric palliative care services.
- To identify priorities for paediatric palliative care research, providing direction and facilitation for research as appropriate.
- To promote co-operation and collaboration with other professionals, statutory and voluntary organizations involved in the care of children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and their families.
- To maintain formal links and effective communication between relevant medical colleges and other national and international bodies.
The APPM website is maintained by Together for Short Lives, the only charity working across the UK to help ensure that every child and young person unlikely to reach adulthood, and their family, has the best possible care and support whenever and wherever they need it.