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About us

Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters (PMM) is a free evidence based, online learning tool and information resource about paediatric musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine. 

Why is PMM needed ? 

  • Around the world it is estimated that there are millions of children with MSK conditions - many are in parts of the world with little or no access to specialist care.
  • Many of the MSK conditions in children and young people are treatable and disability can be prevented or at least mitigated by early and accurate diagnosis and access to right care delivered by a trained workforce.
  • The stark reality is that in many parts of the world, there are few or no specialist teams available and medicines are not available or accessible due to cost or logistical issues.  The inequity is therefore is increasingly evident. 
  • PMM aims to raise awareness about MSK medicine amongst student health care professionals and clinicians who may not necessarily have had much training or experience in and paediatric MSK medicine. These clinicians however are integral to facilitate early diagnosis and instigate access to specialist opinion and management. 

How was PMM developed ?

  • PMM was initially developed by a team from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK led by Professor Helen Foster at Newcastle University, UK in collaboration with Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
  • The content for PMM evolved from research to find out what health care professionals need to know.
  • The first iteration of PMM 2014 focused on doctors and medical students and the partner site for nurses and students - PMM-Nursing - was launched in 2017. 
  • Nurses from a wide spread of health care contexts have contributed to the content of PMM-Nursing and nurse students, nurses and nurse educators provided guidance about the format and layout.
  • Following feedback from our users around the world a further iteration of PMM was launched in 2018 with new content contributions from our many global partners to reflect the paediatric musculoskeletal medicine in different health care contexts.
  • A full list of contributors to PMM up to and including the 2018 iteration is available.
  • We gratefully acknowledge the unrestricted educational bursary from Pfizer to undertake the work to design the PMM platform and engage with end users to develop the content. We also gratefully acknowledge additional unrestricted educational bursaries from Genzyme, BioMarin and Sobi to support the further development of PMM.  These funders had no input to the content of PMM.

Transfer of PMM to Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) 

  • In May 2022, the PMM Portfolio transferred from Newcastle University UK to PReS
  • This transfer brings long term sustainability for PMM to grow and gives opportunity to reach communities further to raise awareness and facilitate teaching and learning about MSK conditions in children and young people. 
  • There is a global PMM Editorial Board to ensure that PMM covers the breadth of MSK and remains useful and relevant to the wider community. PMM will remain free, open to all and the urls will not change.  
  • PMM remains closely aligned with the Paediatric Global MSK Task Force. 
  • PMM is undergoing a revision in 2022 so sections of PMM may be unavailable at times - please bear with us. 
Sr Ruth Wyllie
Sr Ruth Wyllie Lead Nurse, Paediatric Rheumatology, Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Dr Christine English
Dr Christine English Principal lecturer, Children's Nursing, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Sr Barbara Davies
Sr Barbara Davies Senior Lecturer, Children's Nursing, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Professor Helen Foster
Professor Helen Foster Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Dr Tim Rapley
Dr Tim Rapley Lecturer in Medical Sociology, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Dr Sharmila Jandial
Dr Sharmila Jandial Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology, Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Dr Nicola Smith
Dr Nicola Smith Research Associate, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Mr Mike Hughes
Mr Mike Hughes Nurse Specialist, Paediatric Rheumatology, Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Mrs Janet Herdman
Mrs Janet Herdman Administrative Assistant Newcastle University, UK
Fiona McKendrick
Fiona McKendrick Clinical Psychologist, Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Sr Lucy Craig
Sr Lucy Craig Nurse Specialist, Paediatric Rheumatology, Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Sr Claire Duong
Sr Claire Duong Research Nurse, Paediatric Rheumatology, Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK