Giving young people a voice’: Lessons from the NHS England Youth Forum

Lisa Whiting, Sheila Roberts, Kath Evans, Julia Petty

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Young people want to be involved in the decisions that impact on them and their health service provision (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), 2017) – a youth forum is one way of enabling this. This chapter will initiallyfocus on the background and development of youth forums/ councils; secondly, an overview of the National Health Service England Youth Forum (NHSEYF) will be provided with the perspectives of Kath Evans (Experience of Care Lead, NHSEngland1 (NHSE) – Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People) and NHSEYF members being integrated. Thirdly, an evaluative mixed methods study (undertaken by the University of Hertfordshire (UH)) will be briefly presented. Finally, the chapter will present the Youth Forum Wheel (YFW) that was developed as a direct result of the research; the YFW is offered to health professionals and young people who may be implementing and/or managing youth forums. It aims to provide insight into the underpinning components of success, each of these will be discussed and their practical application considered
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbedding young people’s participation in health services
Subtitle of host publicationNew Approaches
EditorsLouca-Mai Brady
Place of PublicationUniversity of Bristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781447351221
ISBN (Print)9781447351207
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2020


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