Paediatric Palliative Medicine

Paediatric palliative medicine is the medical care of children suffering from conditions that will limit their lifespan, particularly those who are not expected to survive beyond childhood.

What makes a paediatric Palliative Medicine (PPM) Paediatrician? 

A PPM specialist doctor has expertise working with children and young people with life-limiting illness, and their families. These conditions include malignancy, inherited disorders, neurological and neuromuscular disease and a variety of rare progressive and/or irreversible conditions.

PPM doctors work alongside multi-disciplinary teams across hospital, hospice and community settings, providing a total approach to care focusing on quality of life; embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. PPM specialists provide specialist symptom management (e.g. nausea, pain, breathlessness, agitation), guidance with advance care planning (eg preferred place of care, ceilings of care), end of life and bereavement care and support with complex ethical decisions (e.g feeding/hydration).

PPM Paediatricians also have a vital role in supporting other healthcare professionals to care for children with life-limiting conditions.

Curriculum documents

Palliative Medicine Curriculum (PDF, 2.33MB, 179 pages)

Palliative Medicine Curriculum Notes (PDF, 46KB, 4 pages)

Palliative Medicine Level 3 Assessment Guidance (PDF, 37.4KB, 3 pages)

Palliative Medicine Guidance Checklist  (MS Doc, 82 KB, 7 pages)

Palliative Medicine Handbook (PDF, 76KB, 4 pages)

CSAC membership

Role Name Email Address


Dr Renee Mcculloch 

Training Advisor

Dr Charlotte Mellor

Training Advisor

Dr Lynda Brook

Assessment Advisor

Dr Michelle Hills 
Quality Advisor Dr Michelle Koh

Trainee Rep   Dr Ella Aidoo 

Related links

Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM)

Together for Short Lives - help for professionals

International Children’s Palliative Care Network