2023 Updates to SteppingUP

The original SteppingUp website was developed by Professor Imelda Coyne and a research team from Trinity College Dublin in partnership with youth advisors, support organisations and hospital staff, with funding from the Health Research Board.

The current website was rebranded and updated in a 2023 project led by Children in Hospital Ireland, in collaboration with Professor Imelda Coyne, Trinity College Dublin.

The 2023 updates were made possible by funding from the Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day Fund and facilitated by Community Foundation Ireland.

Going forward, Children In Hospital Ireland will play a key role in updating and adding new resources to the SteppingUp website.

Original SteppingUp Project

The original SteppingUp project was lead by the following project team: Professor Imelda Coyne (PI), Professor Alison While, Geraldine Prizeman, Dr Aisling Sheehan and Aileen Cassells. They would like to extend their continued appreciation to the young people and their families who contributed to the development and co-design of this website, the young people who attended our workshops and those who took part in one-to-one interviews. Special thanks to the six young people who generously shared their transition stories with us: Bevin, Ciara, Daniel, Darren, Lauren and Róisín.

In addition, sincere gratitude to the following contributors:

Project Advisory Group

• Dr. Kevin Moore
• Prof. David Prendergast
• Dr. John Dinsmore
• Ms. Eimear McGlinchey
• Ms. Sue Kearns
• Dr. Anne-Marie Brady

Voluntary Organisations Advisory Group

•  Heart Children Ireland
•  Diabetes Ireland
•  Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
•  Children in Hospital Ireland

Staff at the Following Hospitals

• Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
• Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC)
• St. James’s Hospital
• St. Vincent’s University
• The Adelaide and Meath Hospital (AMNCH), now Tallaght University Hospital

Our thanks are also extended to many others who provided information, advice and support at the early stages of the project design. This includes, those who were involved with the TRYCIS project, those who provided advice on website development and those who reviewed the content and materials for the site.

The original project was kindly funded by the Health Research Board who supported the development of the original website and content through their Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Award which aims to maximise the uptake of research findings into policy and/or practice.