Vision, Mission & Objectives

VISION

The Vision of Paedspal Cape Town is to enable children with life-limiting conditions to live as well as possible for as long as possible.

MISSION

The Mission of Paedspal Cape Town to ensure the best possible quality of life for these children; to provide optimal support for their families; and to work alongside their primary care teams and their community.

The mission of Paedspal Cape Town is achieved through the following objectives:

OBJECTIVES

Clinical Services

  • To provide specialist multi-disciplinary palliative care services in hospitals, in a paediatric palliative care out-patient unit (POPU) and in the future in a paediatric palliative care in-patient unit (PIPU);
  • To work in partnership with patients’ primary care providers, family, professionals and community to ensure the best possible management of children to maximize their quality of life;
  • To assist our children, patients, families and professionals with the management of the terminal phase in the place of choice, in partnership with hospitals, hospices and community based organisations.

Education

  • To provide training and mentorship for professionals and other palliative care providers in paediatric pain management and palliative care;
  • To provide clinical experience for local, regional, national, African and international practitioners wishing to increase their skills in paediatric pain management and palliative care.

Support

  • To provide holistic support for patients as well as parents and family of children with chronic pain or palliative care conditions from diagnosis through to bereavement and post-bereavement.

Therapy

  • To provide holistic support to patients and families including Occupational Therapy, Aromatherapy, Music Therapy and Art Therapy.

Research

  • To collaborate with national, African and international researchers to increase the evidence base for treatment and practices in the field of Paediatric Palliative Care and Pain Management.