We were recently approached by some of our members working in the area of paediatric care and child health who expressed an interest in having a special interest group for researchers working in this field.
In particular, there is an expressed interest to:
- Improve collaboration across service providers and organisations directly caring for sick children
- Get a better overview of the broad range of research taking place in Ireland on child health
- Collaborate to address specific research and knowledge gaps with the view to inform practice, incl.
- Transitions from paediatric to adult services
- Holistic approaches to caring for sick children
Some of the activities the group will engage in:
- Publish a Children’s Research Digest on ‘improving child health through research’
- Literature review on transitions from paediatric to adult services
- Collaborate on specific research projects
- Act as a platform for people working in research on paediatric health care to discuss their work
- Events related to child health
- Identify research gaps
We have also been approached by several members looking for a greater focus on research with children with a disability. We therefore intend the working group to also include those working with children with a disability from a health perspective.
We invite anyone working in the areas of children’s health care and disability (from a health perspective) to become members of the Special Interest Group. While you do not have to be a member of the Children’s Research Network to attend the inaugural meeting, we do ask those who intend to participate going forward to become members (at an annual fee of €30).