ICPCN also wanted to redesign the website to respond to the changing needs of ICPCN members who use the website to support their work on a daily basis.
All the essential information that could be found on the old website has been transferred to the new site, which has enhanced navigation to make it much easier to find what you want with minimal clicks. The site has also used cleaner lines to make it more visually appealing.
There are a number of additional interactive features on the new site, such as the addition of Google Maps to show exactly where a conference or event will be held. In time greater use will be made of this mapping facility to provide up to the moment information on palliative care provision around the globe and the people who can be contacted for guidance on activities related to children’s palliative care in specific countries.
Possibly the biggest change to the website is its new address, which is now www.icpcn.org ICPCN made the decision to remove the ‘uk’ from the end of the address to bring it in line with their international profile and to make it easier for people to remember. For the next few months, both the old address and the new one will lead people to the same site.
For both convenience and financial reasons, the new website has been moved from its home in the UK and has been built and will be hosted from within South Africa. ICPCN members are assured that this will make no difference to the quality or the accessibility of the site.
Joan Marston, ICPCN’s Chief Executive had this to say about the launch: “As the provision of high quality and up-to-date information is a cornerstone of the work that we undertake, we are delighted to be able to continue to bring our members and the members of the general public a site which we hope they will find both useful and user friendly. However, we are very open to comment and would value the opinions and thoughts of our members on ways to improve their browsing experience.”
She went on to say, “ICPCN is indebted to our dedicated funders who demonstrate their belief in the important work that we do through their continued financial support. Without them, this new website would not have been a possibility.”
The ICPCN will continue to provide an excellent information service to its members through this new website. News and events will be regularly updated as will information on any interesting developments and new research within the field.
About the International Children’s Palliative Care Network
The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) is a worldwide network of individuals and agencies working with children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
To live in a world where children’s palliative care is acknowledged and respected as a unique service, and every child and young person with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families can receive the best quality of life and care regardless of which country they live in.
The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) shares a vision that the total need of life-threatened or life-limited children should be met to encompass physical, emotional, spiritual and developmental aspects of care.
Our mission is to achieve the best quality of life and care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families and carers worldwide, by raising awareness of children’s palliative care, lobbying for the global development of children’s palliative care services, and sharing expertise, skills and knowledge.
- To help services across the world to develop and meet the total care and support needs of life-limited children and their families.
- To advocate and raise awareness of children’s palliative care and the specific needs of life-limited or life-threatened children and their families.
- To develop a strong ICPCN membership from children’s palliative care services across the globe.
- To facilitate communication and sharing of resources, information and research worldwide, and to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information relating to children’s palliative care.
- To campaign for the global development of children’s palliative care services.
- To enable the sharing of expertise and information between children’s palliative care practitioners.
- To increase the international evidence base for children’s palliative care through education and research.
- To maximise ICPCN’s resources by developing its fundraising activities in order to discharge its mission.