About APEM

APEM is a charity affiliated to the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, promoting excellence, training & research into Paediatric Emergency Medicine. It has an important role in setting training requirements and competencies.

Why is its role so important?

  • Numerically children are 25-30% (3-4 million a year) of all UK A&E attendances
  • Disease progression can be catastrophically rapid; its management may be appreciably different from related adult conditions
  • Non-accidental injury may present subtley, and its proper management mandates specialist involvement
  • Children's needs and that of their families are different - large issues may lie behind an apparently trivial attendance

What is most important is for the child to see the most appropriate practitioner in the most appropriate facilities.

"You need training to know what you don't know"