There are over 15 million young people in England, making up 25% of the population. Of these, 14% have a long-standing illness (Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum report, 2015).
The NHS is increasingly embracing patient engagement and we must make every effort to make sure that children and young people are not left out. Young people need to be involved at all levels of our healthcare system, from shaping the care they are receiving at the front line right up to co-designing and inputting to strategic change.
This means that the NHS needs to think differently about working in partnership with young people. All too often we expect young people to get involved on our terms, but traditional engagement approaches don’t work for young people. Moving away from jargon-filled documents and meetings during school hours to more creative approaches can help us involved young people more effectively.
Who can get involved and how to register
- The forum is aimed at 14 to 19 year olds across Kent and Medway
- 20 to 25 years olds will be sign-posted to adult opportunities/volunteering/work experience
- If you would like to join the forum please complete the application form here: https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/join-youth-forum/
Who’s involved in the forum?
6 NHS organisations plus Healthwatch Kent and Medway have started the forum. We have an agreement to all work together and the steering group will meet quarterly.
Meet the team