The Northern Paediatric Emergency Medicine Association was founded in 2008 by a group of Emergency Medicine Consultants with an interest in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM).
The aim was to raise the interest and awareness of PEM within the Northern region, to share good practice and encourage networking amongst medical and nursing staff that care for unwell and injured children.
We thought it was important to included EM, PEM, and paediatric disciplines as well as medical, nursing and allied health professionals as we all work as a team toward a common goal; good quality, safe care for children.
Our future direction:
Over the last few years colleagues from out of the region have joined us plus colleagues from prehospital care. We hope to encourage their participation and contribution. We started as a regional group and over time would like to increase our range to national. Our overarching aim continues to be the sharing of best practice in our specialty.
The journal scan is always popular and there is opportunity to present a case, an audit or initiative or some good practice to share with the rest of the region. We have seen some good quality posters over the years and there is now the added incentive of a prize for best poster and presentation. In 2016 we introduced an interactive element with voting buttons where we look at a virtual waiting room full of interesting patients.