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West Midlands Paediatric Anaesthetic Network (PAN)

The PAN was established in 2003, to address the issues relating to the safe delivery of paediatric anaesthetic services.   Meetings are held 3 times a year and Annual Study Days organised (usually in the month of February).

The network provides a forum within which paediatric anaesthetists can share issues and problems with other anaesthetists from both specialist and non-specialist units.

Membership includes the lead anaesthetists for paediatric anaesthesia from all the Trusts (who provide children’s services) within the West Midlands and the wider ‘Partners in Paediatrics’ area - which includes East Cheshire. 

The co-chairs are Dr Nuala Bywater, Consultant Anaesthetist at Wye Valley NHS Trust and Dr Simon Crighton, Consultant Anaesthetist at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The main objectives of the PAN are to: 

  • Address the issues relating to the safe delivery of paediatric anaesthetic services across the region and partnership area
  • Ensure a comprehensive, quality service dedicated to the care of all paediatric patients
  • Develop educational packages dedicated to meeting the training and developmental needs of all staff

Click here to view the Terms of Reference

 Click here to view the PAN Representatives

MEETING DATES

The date for the 2018 Study Day will be posted following the October meeting.

The network meetings for 2017 will take place on: 

Friday, 6th October, Education Centre, Solihull Hospital - Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

All meetings are held from 9.30 am to 12.30pm.

****COPIES OF PAN MINUTES****

 

 

 

 

Current workstreams

Members of the PAN are participating in, and providing anaesthetic advice to, the General Paediatric Surgery project, which is being led by BCH and supported by PiP.  View GPS project. 

Paediatric Anaesthesia and Recovery Training (PART) 

The PAN received funding to develop a competency based training package – to improve the quality and consistency of training for Theatre staff – those Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners who normally work with adults. 

This work is ongoing and is a priority area for the PAN. 

 

Study Days

Members of the Network organise Annual Study Days which are aimed at the children’s anaesthetist working in the DGH. 

The Study Days represent excellent value for money, and evaluate well: 

Comments from anaesthetists who attended the study days

28th February 2014: “I can trust the PiP “Brand” to deliver high quality education.” 

27th February 2015 "Excellent speakers with talks relevent to DGH's"

                             "Good practical advice, relates to everyday problems in paediatric anaesthesia in a DGH"

 

 

Guidelines for Acute Pain Management in Children

Members of the PAN have developed paediatric analgesia guidelines. This generic document can be modified to suit individual Trust needs.  It provides direction to medical and nursing staff on the safe and effective relief of acute pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting.

Guidelines 

 

 

PiP Clinical Guidelines

Members contribute to the development and revision of the PiP Clinical Guidelines.

 

Clinical Guidelines - not available to download from this website.  Please contact us for further information

 

Standards for the Care of Critically Ill and Injured Children

Members have provided anaesthetic input into the West Midlands Peer Review process and helped to set achievable standards for the provision of paediatric anaesthesia.

Members revised the Anaesthetic Standards section of the “Standards for the Care of Critically Ill and Injured Children in the West Midlands”. 

The revised standards have been incorporated into the fourth version of the Standards Document.

Testimonials

"PiP has a lot of credibility amongst paediatricians and health care professionals. Working in collaboration, members have consistently established clinical networks in a number of speciality areas."

Jonathan Howell, Consultant in Public Health

"I have worked closely with PiP over a number of years, and their work has been highly influential in developing networks, both nationally and regionally".

Hilary Cass, Former President, RCPCH

"….the upskilling was excellent. The master classes covered the management of children’s acute care and everyday health problems..."

Staffordshire Moorlands GP

"PiP has raised the profile of Child Sexual Abuse across the region, encouraging, training and supporting clinicians to work in this sensitive and challenging area..."

Cheryl Sherratt - Assistant Director of Nursing (Quality and Safety)

"The Paediatric Anaesthetic Network (PAN) provides a great forum for discussion and sharing problems and ideas with like-minded people working in different hospitals."

Richard Crombie, Co-chair of the Network.

"Tēnā koutou - greetings from New Zealand...the approach PiP has adopted in the development of clinical networks....has helped inform initiatives now implemented in New Zealand’s child & youth health sector". 

Mollie Wilson, CEO , Paediatric Society of New Zealand

"I can trust the PiP 'Brand' to deliver high quality education".

Consultant Anaesthetist (attendee at Study Day)