Our Research Programme
Since 2004 we have allocated over four million euro to fund high quality research projects that have a real impact on children’s health.
Funding is provided for high quality research into a number of important diseases and illness through projects undertaken by clinicians and researchers at our hospital. Diabetes, autism, cystic fibrosis, neonatal brain injury, asthma and neurodevelopment have been the key focus
for research undertaken. We are very fortunate to have our academic partner, Trinity College, Dublin on the campus here at Tallaght.
Funding has also been made available to our nursing staff to encourage more meaningful research from a nursing perspective. We support nurses who wish to undertake a post graduate qualification through research with our academic partners at the School of Nursing, Trinity College, Dublin. We also co-fund a Research manager post to support our nursing staff in identifying and carrying out research to the highest standard.
As part of our strategy, we have embarked on a national research funding programme with the Health Research Board which provides one million euro for three national paediatric research projects that will benefit not only patients of the hospital but children nationally.
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Our Child and Family Support Programme
The hospital environment can have a long-lasting effect on children and their families. Already
dealing with a stressful situation and unfamiliar surroundings we aim, through our Child and Family Support Programme to make their stay more comfortable and less daunting.
Our range of support projects help to enhance their stay. We have a dedicated Play room here at the hospital under the watchful eye of trained Play therapists. This space is where children and their parents can escape the clinical environment and enjoy some fun filled play time.
With a dedicated children’s art and music therapy programme our therapists and play experts
interact with our patients on a daily basis to bring fun into the hospital and help them come to terms with their illness. Through the Arts Programme the therapists make the environment more colourful and appealing, through music patients learn to express their feelings. We run a dedicated teenage support group for patients with diabetes and they learn to manage their disease through facilitated interaction with each other.
Our dedicated family accommodation service keeps families together during a child’s stay, with
updated facilities and overnight accommodation available, when needed.
Our patient Comfort fund provides the necessary help to patients and their families in time of
greatest need and we help in practical ways through the assistance of our Social Work team here at the hospital.
We can only support all of these initiatives and programmes with the generous support of you, our donors.
Our Equipment Programme
One of our key priorities is to ensure that all necessary equipment is available for the benefit of our patients. We fund vital life-saving equipment that allows the clinical teams to take advantage of developments in medical science and technology to deliver better care to children.
With your help, we provide the high-tech hardware to ensure children at Tallaght have access to the least invasive and most effective treatments available. From live-saving defibrillators to the latest equipment for X Rays and Scanning your support enables us to provide critical tools to help clinicians to the very highest standards.
The vital updating and modernisation of equipment, including the very latest X -Ray equipment, has only been possible with the assistance of our very generous donors.
Our Education and Training Programme
We view education and training as key in ensuring that our children receive the highest level
of treatment while in our care. For that reason, investment in education and training is a key part of our work and we have invested significant resources in ensuring that all our staff have access to funding to develop their skills and knowledge.
The Foundation is committed to train and foster the development of the next generation of leaders in academic general paediatrics. As part of its overall strategy in this regard, the NCH Foundation announced its first ever PhD Fellowship programme in partnership with Trinity College, Dublin.
Through open competition within the hospital applicants were invited to submit relevant projects
that translate research into real patient benefit. It is expected that these Fellowships will be
completed by 2020.
We consider that children’s health and well-being are improved through the dedication of our
nursing staff here at the hospital. An important part of our work is to support them in their work by funding paediatric nursing professional and practice development.
We have an annual programme of nursing scholarships through open competition for nurses
working at the hospital. This programme will run from 2017 to 2020 and supports nursing staff
pursue studies in Advanced Nurse Practitioner training, Masters Programmes in Leadership,
as well as undertake specific specialist training in an area of child health.
We further support nursing education through the availability of a bursary to encourage those who otherwise might not be in a position to undertake an under-graduate nursing degree here
at the hospital. This bursary is provided with the support of the School of Nursing, Trinity College, Dublin.