We are delighted to invite you to our 2021 Lunchtime Lecture on Wednesday 31st March.
This short lecture aims to give an overview of the many and varied impacts on families when their child needs regular or prolonged hospitalisation. It will also highlight some initiatives which have been taken to support families during this time.
The lecture is aimed at anyone working in the area of or affected by childhood illness. Hospital staff – clinical and non-clinical, charities and NGOs working in the area, parents and families with an interest in the area, students and academics in the area of paediatric healthcare.
We will be joined by speakers:
- Sheila May, Medical Social Worker, Children’s Health Ireland, Temple Street
- Dr. Nikki Dunne, Family Carers Ireland
- Sarah Quinlan, Chief Executive, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, Belfast,
- Margaret Rogers, Heart Children Ireland
Some areas of discussion will include:
- The real impact of hospitalisation on wider family life and circumstances
- Findings of research into the challenges faced by families including identifying psychosocial support, financial worries, families being separated due the need to stay with the sick child
- Accessing information on supports available
- What charities have done to fill the gaps and advocate for better services and support