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Patient and Family Engagement

Children's Health Ireland is committed to engaging with our patients, parents, guardians and families through the Family Advisory Network, Family Forum and Youth Advisory Council.

Family Advisory Network

Children's Health Ireland are committed to having patient and family engagement when designing services, developing projects or carrying out research. The patient feedback and support service (PFSS) receives regular communications requesting family engagement and we now want to formalize how these requests are put out.

As such we are gathering the names and contact details of any family members of CHI patients or former patients who are now adults who are interested in being contacted about these requests and engagements.

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Family Forum

The Family Forum at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) was set up to provide a platform to share ideas, listen and work as partners in care, with our families, to make Children’s Health Ireland a world renowned service for children, young people and their families.

What we’ve been up to

Over the last 12 months there have been a number of meetings and we have taken the valuable feedback received from our families which is helping us shape how the family forum will operate going forward. We are now in the process of trying to recruit more families to join us and to plan our next meeting.

The Forum provides opportunities to meet other parents/guardian/caregivers/past patients who all have the same aim to help CHI deliver a service in line with our CHI mission vision and values where the voices of children, young people and their families are valued participants in decision making and innovation for the future in CHI. We want to establish an inclusive representation on the Family Forum that encompasses all voices across Irish society.

How do I become a member of the Family Forum?

  • You must be a parent/guardian/caregiver or past patient (18yrs or over)
  • Over the last 3 years you must have attended one of the CHI hospitals (CHI at Tallaght, Temple Street, Crumlin or Connolly)
  • Complete online application form below or telephone +353 (0)1 409 6715

What do I get out of joining the Forum?

  • Help shape the CHI patient experience strategy
  • Knowledge that you’re trying to make things better
  • Be involved and help us with some of our hospital projects
  • Engage with a variety of professional and influential people from different services in CHI

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of young people who share their experiences as users of hospital services in order to improve the care children and young people receive in the three paediatric hospitals in Ireland. YAC also feed into the design and delivery of services in the planned new children’s hospital on the St James’s campus, Dublin 8

YAC meet five times a year in the Ombudsman’s for Children’s offices, Great Strand Street, Dublin 1.

If you are a young person between the age of 12 and 16 years of age with experience of attending one of the children’s hospital  and would like more information about YAC,  please ask your parent to contact your hospital YAC representation by;

Kevin O'Farrell, YAC Chairperson


Tel +353 (0)1 4096715

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