The East Anglia Children's Palliative Care Managed Clinical Network (MCN) is made up of health professionals and organisations working to ensure the co-ordinated and equitable provision of high quality, clinically effective services.
The network is a way of working where clinicians from all professions and sectors place their focus on patients and services rather than being constrained by organisational boundaries.
What is the focus?
The MCN incorporates organisations which supports families throughout their experience of caring for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses and those with complex health care needs.
The MCN promotes partnership, working with others to increase the provision across East Anglia of palliative care services which are of high quality and meet the needs of children, young people and their families.
Where does the network cover?
Currently the network covers Cambridgeshire, North and West Essex, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk.
What are the Network’s functions?
The Network's functions are to:
Strengthen clinical leadership and increase awareness across the clinical community of the importance and contribution of evidence based children's palliative care.
- Develop, disseminate and audit of well defined consistent and evidence based approaches to care in key areas of practice (emergency health care plan, syringe driver management and symptom management guidance).
- Increase capacity and expertise in the children's workforce through an inclusive palliative care education and training programme
- Provide access to specialist medical advice which is available at any time of the day or night.
How does it work?
A Clinical Steering Group (CSG) of palliative care professionals provides expertise and clinical leadership to the MCN, including acting as champions for paediatric palliative care in local geographical areas and networks.
The CSG meets up to four times a year to undertake development work by lead professionals working in organisations within the MCN. The group is supported by a MCN Co-ordinator.
You can read more about the work the MCN is involved in on our 'Projects' page.