About APEM


Since 1959 various committees and recommendations have agreed on the need for:

  • audio-visual separation for children in waiting & treatment areas
  • minimal delays for children in A+E
  • training & supervision for A+E juniors dealing with children
  • liaison between Senior Paediatric & A+E staff

APEM acts to develop these areas, promoting, developing and propagating best practice. Through links with the JHCTA, and RCPCH it has a voice in training requirements for specialists in A&E, and Paediatric A&E.

It had an important role in the RCPCH convened multidisciplinary report "Accident & Emergency Services for Children". From this key recommendations were detailed:

  • Audiovisual separation for paediatric patients from adults
  • Establishing a minimum standard (on-site, in-patient paediatric facility) for units receiving children
  • Defining minimal acceptable RSCN & Play Therapist staffing
  • Mandating the recruitment of Consultants who have completed a recognised Paediatric A&E training programme
  • Mandating the role of the Designated Liason Paediatricic Consultant
  • Raising the agenda of multi-disciplinary (A+E, Primary Care, Paediatric) collaboration towards service planning locally & nationally

It has been pivotal in the development of a Paediatric A&E Specialist Registrar syllabus. Latterly, it has a standing member on the Children’s National Service Framework. The latest version can be found on the Emergency Care Section of the RCPCH wesbite: