To further the opportunities to develop various initiatives within the field of acute paediatric pain in Europe the ESPA has recently managed to create a network of people throughout the continent who has a focused interest concerning this important topic. Through its ACORNS representatives ESPA has gathered a network of country representatives that cover the majority of Europe. Among many opportunities the network may be used for activities like:

  • Set up adequately sized multi-centre studies
  • Produce common guidelines
  • Generate a large enough body of interested parties to apply for EU funding of various project
  • Enhance international collaboration in general and promote European exchange of ideas
  • Etc, etc. The sky is the limit!

Currently 22 pain champions are part of the ESPA APN, representing the following European countries:
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

If I have an idea and want to use the ESPA APN, what do I do?

  1. Submit a synopsis of your intended project to the ESPA Pain section chairman. This document should make it clear what the purpose of the project is, how you intend to realize it and the possible results that may come out of the project.
  2. Your proposal will then be reviewed by the ESPA Executive Board and a decision will be made whether the ESPA will allow the use of the ESPA APN or not, and the decision will be communicated to the applicant.
  3. If the proposal is accepted, the ESPA will help circulate the necessary information to the representatives of the ESPA APN.

This may seem like a slightly bureaucratic process but this is necessary to guarantee a sufficient level of quality and relevance of the initiatives passed through the network as well as to avoid a potential email flood, blocking the country representatives email boxes. However, ESPA will try to be as positive and generous as possible and hope to be able to support the vast majority of requests that will be submitted. If you have any questions with regards to the ESPA APN please do not hesitate to contact the Pain Section chairman by e-mail: per-arne.lonnqvist@ki.se

Finally, the future impact of this network will entirely rely on how the individual ESPA members chose to use this potentially powerful instrument.