Children likely to die young will benefit from a new initiative in Glasgow.

The city’s Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow has teamed up with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) to create a new Supportive and Palliative Care Team, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Two specialist nurses will work alongside a consultant in paediatric palliative medicine to share specialist knowledge and improve care for children with life-shortening illnesses, and provide support to their families.

They will work closely with other professionals already in the hospital, including a CHAS Diana Children’s Nurse.

Maria McGill, Chief Executive at CHAS, said: “Cross-collaboration and knowledge sharing in healthcare is a must for all concerned, the families most of all.

“We want to ensure staff in the hospital are as confident as possible in their crucial role of supporting children who are approaching or require end of life care.”