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What is children’s palliative care?

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Palliative care for children and young people is an active and total approach to care, from the point of diagnosis, throughout the child’s life, death and beyond. It embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements and focuses on the enhancement of quality of life for the child or young person and support for the whole family. It includes the management of distressing symptoms, provision of short breaks, care at the end of life and bereavement support. (Together for Short Lives)

The Northwest Children’s Palliative Care Network

The Northwest Children’s Palliative Care Network brings together representatives of babies, children and young people with palliative care needs and their families, commissioners and providers of children’s palliative care from NHS, Voluntary sectors, Social Services and Education, across primary, secondary and tertiary care with the aim of improving co-ordination availability and delivery of palliative care.

The Network comprises three Zonal Networks representing Greater Manchester, Cumbria & Lancashire and Merseyside & Cheshire respectively