We are proud to be a member of the newly formed Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI) Network for Childhood Illness Group.
CHI has established a network of childhood illness groups in order to promote relevant collaborations, share information and expertise and create a combined voice for advocating for enhanced services for children and young people with experience of hospital, and their families.
The network is funded until the end of 2019 by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs under the What Works Network Support Fund.
The purpose of the network is to maximise combined knowledge and evidence that can promote better services and identify strategies to:
- Identify common issues and potential supports to children and young people in hospital
- Promote professional learning and collaboration amongst the entire network and between individual organisations
- Respond to shared issues identified by the different groups using a shared approach
- Provide a united and accessible voice for the network members and a central contact point for policy makers
The other members of the network are: AsIAm, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Debra Ireland, ACT for Meningitis, Heart Children Ireland, Children's Liver Disease Ireland, Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Ireland.
Childhood Cancer Foundation is also supporting and participating in the CHI research on ‘The Cost of Having a Child in Hospital’.