Newham children’s hospice learns lessons in India

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Richard House Chief Executive, Peter Ellis, was part of the event at the Tata Memorial Hospital organised by the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), an organisation he helped to form a decade ago.

The conference, which was comprehensively reported on the International children’s edition of ehospice (which is run by ICPCN), aimed to address the global challenge of poor physical, emotional and spiritual care of children with life-limiting conditions. The theme was ‘transforming children’s palliative care’ – from ideas to action.

Palliative care experts and professionals from other hospices, doctors, nurses and social workers gathered in a country of 1.2 billion people – a country that has only one emerging children’s hospice.

The conference centered around developing people who will become “champions” in their own regions to advocate for children and their families. It is hoped that this global initiative will build capacity in people to create a child friendly environment and to be a voice for life-limited children all over the world. 

Ahead of this, Peter spent time in Kerala, southern India, finding out more about the internationally renowned Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care programme at the Institute of Palliative Medicine.

Peter said: “It was a really positive experience in a remarkable country. The conference and trip will help, particularly when thinking about community networks in the boroughs we serve. It was great to be part of the first International Children’s Palliative Care Conference, and the growth in awareness about the issue of children’s palliative care is clear to see.” 

Find out more about Peter Ellis and Richard House, in an interview previously published on ehospice.

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