Work of the NHS England Youth Forum and its effect on health services.

Lisa Whiting, Sheila Roberts, Julia Petty, Gary Meager, Kath Evans

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AIM: To examine the role of members of the NHS England Youth Forum (NHSEYF) and the strategies used to influence health service provision for children and young people. METHOD: An evaluative mixed-methods study was commissioned by NHS England and undertaken by the University of Hertfordshire between July 2015 and September 2016. Data collection comprised activity logs, a form of questionnaire, and semi-structured interviews. FINDINGS: The analysis of the activity logs revealed that the young people were undertaking a wide range of activities across England. Seven themes emerged from the interviews: the young people; motivation; commitment; community (the local area as well as a community spirit); knowledge experts; youth workers; and funding. In summary, the members of the NHSEYF were committed to their role and their work was having a positive effect on health service provision. CONCLUSION: The NHSEYF has developed rapidly and successfully. It is enabling the voice of young people to be heard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Children & Young People
Issue number4
Early online date26 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018


  • adolescents
  • child health
  • Department of Health
  • health policy
  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • Health Services
  • Humans
  • Focus Groups
  • England
  • Male
  • Professional Role
  • Adolescent
  • Work Engagement
  • Female
  • Interviews as Topic/methods
  • State Medicine/organization & administration
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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