Shooting Star Chase has been instrumental in delivering a national event to share best practice in children’s palliative care.

Palliative Care for Children and Families: Introducing the Principles was a half-day event on Friday 6th March for those interested or involved in providing care to children with life-limiting conditions. The event was run in conjunction with Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

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Topics included symptom management, parental and sibling support, and cultural aspects of caring for children with palliative care needs, and their families. The event was led by a range of leading experts in the field, including care staff from Shooting Star Chase and Katrina McNamara from Together for Short Lives, who is also a trustee of Shooting Star Chase.

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Toni Menezes, Head of Practice Education and Quality at Shooting Star Chase said the event provided an excellent opportunity to share best practice for the benefit of the families:

“We organised the event because palliative care has developed into a distinct area in recent years as the number of children requiring such care increases. We were able to share expertise and build strong relationships with other providers, which is crucial in improving services.”