Annual Review 2020/21

This year the STPN Annual Review will take a slightly different format. As we cannot meet up in person, we will run a series of events online over the course of April and May. Each session will cover a different topic and most will include an update on our work, case presentations and discussion and education. Confirmed dates, times and topics are:

13:00 to 14:00

Join this session for a review of the last year and a look ahead to 2021/22, as well as outlining the sessions to follow during the Annual Review.


13:00 to 14:00

The Gastroenterology Working Group was formed in early 2021 when Mohamed Mutalib (Evelina Children’s Hospital) and Sarmad Kalamchi (Lewisham Hospital) joined the STPN as the Clinical Leads. Join this session to hear about the planned work programme and a case presentation on constipation highlighting the benefits of working as a network.


10:00 to 12:00

Psychologist-led session on positive mind-sets and moving on from difficult times, followed by STPN “Paying it Forwards” as we celebrate some of the best initiatives you have submitted to us. For more details on how you can do this contact us at

15:00 to 17:00

Join us to hear and ask questions about what the South Thames Surgery in Children ODN has been up to in the past year!

There will be a particular focus on recovery of elective surgery across the network, what the recommendations from the GIRFT Paediatric Surgery report mean, and on the Inter-hospital Referral and Transfer Guide for Acutely Unwell Paediatric General Surgery Patients that has been developed by the General Surgery Working Group.

The session around the GIRFT recommendations will be a panel discussion facilitated by the SIC ODN Clinical Lead Mr Feilim Murphy with panellists:

  • Miss Erika Makin, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Clinical Lead Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Trauma Lead SELKaM at King’s College Hospital
  • Miss Kathryn Evans, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at St George’s Hospital
  • Miss Ruth Hallows, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Alexandra Children Hospital, Brighton
  • Iain Yardley, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Head of Service for Paediatric Surgery at Evelina London Children Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panel.

The session around the Inter-hospital Referral and Transfer Guide for Acutely Unwell Paediatric General Surgery Patients will aim to highlights the importance of formalising arrangements for inter-hospital pathways and how this will impact services and patients and their families. We are keen to hear your thoughts on this!

15:00 to 15:45

Join us to hear about what the South Thames Surgery in Children ODN is planning for the year ahead!

Miss Victoria Possomai, Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon and Head of Service for Paediatric ENT at Evelina London Children Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas and Miss Shradha Sharma Surgical Fellow at Evelina London Children Hospital will highlight some of the challenges of current ENT pathways and how a network approach can help. We would like to use this time also to hear from you on what the SIC ODN can do more of to support you.

Click here at 15:00 on 6 May to join this session

11:00 to 13:30

In this session Stacey Bedford, Nurse Lead for the Critical Care ODN, will update you on the work the ODN have been doing in past year, what they’re working on at the moment and the plans for the upcoming year including and update on the implementations of the STOPP Tool.

This will then be followed by our colleagues from STRS giving their year in review including an update on the development of their new app, summarising learning themes from their Mortality Review and discussion around regional ECMO delivery.

Click here on 10 May at 11:00 to join this session

12:00 to 14:00

Emily Weeks, STPN Project Manager, will lead today’s session looking at the challenges faced by Paediatric and Neonatal teams whilst managing patients with difficult airways. The session will include:

  • A case presentation: Neonate with a hygroma requiring airway support from Anaesthetics, Neonates, NTS and ENT
  • Managing the anticipated versus unanticipated airway difficulty
  • The neonatal airway work being undertaken by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Neonatal ODN (tbc)
  • Presentation on the STPN Emergency Airways Audit with a  Q&A on what people would benefit from in-terms of Emergency Airways training and education

Speakers: Nurain Sim, Paediatric Consultant at Kingston Hospital; Joanne Perkins, PICU Consultant at Evelina; Richard Newton, Paediatric Anaesthetic Consultant at UH Sussex.

Please click here at 12:00 on 12 May to join this session

13:00 to 15:00

Dr Akash Deep, STPN’s Joint Clinical Lead for Critical Care, and Harriet Ward, STPN’s Network Manager, will explain why Neurosurgical pathways need special attention and present the findings of the Network’s transfer questionnaire.

There will also be discussion on:

  • Management of the neurosurgical patient with time critical emergency within the DGH and PICU
  • The Neurosurgeon’s perspective of time critical transfer management
  • The role of retrieval team in transferring neurosurgical patients

Speakers: Shelley Riphagen, Service Lead for STRS; Buvana Dwarakanathan, Paediatric Intensivist at St. George’s; Bassel Zebian, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Kings; Samantha Hettidge, Consultant Neurosurgeon at St. George’s.

 Please click here at 13:00 on 14 May to join this session

13:00 to 15:00

The programme for this session is as follows:

13:00 – Brief overview of the Pan-Thames LTV Collaborative work over the past year
13:15 – Pan-Thames LTV Ethical Framework


With more patients living longer with LTV support, transition to adult services is becoming more common. This has raised queries around the alignment of ethical approaches to on-going treatment. There are also pressures on paediatric services around high profile appropriateness to treat cases where it is felt a network approach to ethics would add value and provide additional support to providers and patients/ their families. Join us to hear about the work of the Pan-London Ethical Framework Group to consider the ethical framework that the South and North Thames Paediatric Networks should adopt to support appropriate decision making in children commencing long term domiciliary invasive and non-invasive ventilation…

Speaker: Dr Richard Chavasse, STPN LTV Network Clinical Lead

13:45 – Pan-Thames LTV Competencies for carers and nurses


Join us to hear about the progress on regional competencies for carers, care agencies and nurses and ask questions about their implementation.

Speakers: Jemma Bridger, Children’s LTV Education Lead and CNS, Central Children’s Long-term ventilation team, Sophia Touzani, North Thames Paediatric Critical Care ODN Nurse Lead

14:15 – Pan-Thames LTV guidance for physiotherapists

Join us to hear about this new work that will have a focus on expectations for physiotherapists in delivering LTV care and ask questions.

Speaker: Emily Hibbert, Children’s LTV Physiotherapist, Central Children’s Long-term ventilation team


Please click here at 13:00 on 17 May to join this session.

13:00 to 15:00

The programme for this session is as follows:

13:00 – Discharge Guide for complex children


Join us to hear about the joint WellChild, the Pan-Thames LTV networks and the paediatric pan-London LTV Group work on creating guidance for health and care professionals working in a variety of environments in the delivery of a safe and consistent discharge for children and young people with complex health needs.

The framework is a supportive tool for health and care professionals who are unfamiliar with complex discharge and aims to aid the understanding of the discharge process. The additional tools can be used by clinicians to promote consistency in approach to discharge. 

Speakers: Jacqueline Agyekum, STPN AHP Lead, Alice Drury, WellChild’s Project Manager, Emilie Maughan, WellChild LTV Specialist Nurse, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and chair of the paediatric pan-London LTV Group

14:00 – Regional Respiratory Action Plans


Join us to hear about the Regional Respiratory Action Plans and ask questions about their implementation across the region.

Speakers: Ruth Wakeman, Physiotherapist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and Jade Wightman, WellChild LTV Nurse, Royal Brompton Hospital

Please click here at 13:00 on 20 May to join this session