The Formulary Editorial Team
Dr Lynda Brook - Editor
Lynda Brook has worked as a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool UK since 2003. Her initial interest in prescribing in paediatric palliative medicine began when she worked with Anita Aindow in the development of the WHO Essential Medicines List for Paediatric Palliative Medicine. Since then Lynda has continued to research and publish in paediatric palliative medicine including working on Medicines for Children and as Specialist Advisor to the British National Formulary for Children until 2022. Lynda has worked alongside Sat Jassal on the APPM Formulary from the first edition taking over as deputy editor in and then as Editor in 2023. Alongside her interest in prescribing in paediatric palliative medicine paediatric Lynda has a passion for human factors. Her mission is to work collaboratively to improve the evidence base for paediatric palliative care prescribing, making dosing recommendations as safe, sensible and simple as possible.
Anita Aindow – Principal Pharmacist
Anita Aindow is Senior Medicines Information pharmacist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where she has gained more than 30 years of experience in Paediatric Pharmacy. With an interest in paediatric palliative care, and recognising the lack of good quality evidence to support the safe and effective use of medicines in this population, Anita has worked, alongside colleagues, on a WHO palliative care Essential Medicines List for Children and, since 2011, as a member of the editorial board of the APPM Formulary, with the aim to develop safe prescribing guidance.
Dr Satbir Singh Jassal MBE Editorial Advisor
Sat Jassal retired in 2021 as Medical Director of Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough UK, having worked as a GP for 32 years and in children’s palliative care for over 29 years. Sat developed the APPM Master formulary in 2011 continuing as Editor until 2022. Sat has written and published extensively in the field of paediatric palliative medicine throughout his career including editing the Rainbows Children’s Hospice Symptom Control Manual, co-authoring the Oxford Handbook of Paediatric Palliative Medicine and editing the PANG adult palliative care network guidelines. Sat edited the paediatric palliative care abstract journal Synopsis and helped develop the NICE guidelines for paediatric palliative care and the RCPCH education and training curriculum in paediatric palliative care. Sat also contributed to the development of the WHO guidelines 2021 on the management of chronic pain. Sat was awarded FRCGP, an honorary FRCPCH, and an MBE in 2014.
Dr Ella Aidoo - Deputy Editor
Ella Aidoo is a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Evelina London Children’s hospital. She also works at Keech hospice providing specialist input. Ella has a passion for teaching and communicating and making the formulary as user-friendly as possible.
Dr Chris Parry
Chris Parry is a Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology Trainee with special interests in both paediatric palliative care and clinical genomics based at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. He has a passion for improving and building upon the evidence base for which we prescribe medications in children and young people, ensuring that they get the best possible treatments. He has been keen to provide input into the new APPM formulary to ensure that is easy to read and accessible for those less familiar with medications used in paediatric palliative care.
Louise Smith is a Young Adult Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, and experienced non-medical prescriber based at Claire House Children’s Hospice. Alongside her passion for providing collaborative EOLC for young adults, she has a very keen enthusiasm for palliative prescribing, and the variation in drugs/routes/effects this entails. She is keen to ensure the formulary works for everyone, especially NMP’s, and has robust guidance that is easy to use and rationalise.