Dr. Line Caes

Dr. Line Caes

With the funding from the Canada-UK Foundation Line was able to visit Prof. Jennifer Stinson’s lab at SickKids, Toronto, Canada in March 2018. The main aim of the visit was to attend the peer mentor training weekend to observe first hand how peer mentors within the iPeer2Peer programme (a peer mentor program for youth with arthritis and/or chronic pain by connecting them via Skype to a young adult who has arthritis/chronic pain) are trained and supported. This experience was invaluable and reflections with the trainers afterwards provided crucial input on how it could be organised in Ireland and Scotland.

Line also met with the technical team at AboutKidsHealth to review the updated videos, which includes both Canadian and Irish teens and text changes within the Teens Taking Charge online self-management program for youth with arthritis website. It was decided to maintain one website that will be applicable to both Canadian and Irish teens. It is anticipated that this adjusted website will be ready for launch in Ireland by the summer of 2018.

The research visit to Toronto was fantastic as it allowed Line to collaborate face to face with Dr Sara Ahola Kohut and Prof Stinson’s team, whilst learning and developing the ideas for Scottish adaptations of the existing self-management programmes.