How to involve children and young people

Children and young people make up around one fifth of the UK’s population. Improving their health and wellbeing is an investment in future generations, the prosperity of this country and sustainability of the NHS.

As we all celebrate the NHS at 70 – it provides educators (teachers and youth group leaders) the perfect backdrop to support existing curriculum and programmes for children and young people. The celebrations will also provide opportunities for young people to support local or national NHS 70 events – or to plan their own.

Whether lessons or tasks delivered as part of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), youth group activities, or careers guidance – NHS 70 offers educators the opportunity to inspire young people to think about their own health and wellbeing, mental health resilience and self-development.

Resources available now and coming soon!

At the beginning of December 2017, we will launch guidance, tips and links on this page to help in the planning of lessons, tasks and activities to coincide with NHS 70 celebrations when they start in January 2018.

Overview of NHS 70 plans

Take a look at our timeline for more ideas about how you can get children and young people involved:


Step Into the NHS teachers packs from Health Education England.  Enter the schools competition and learn more about the over 350 different careers in the NHS – it’s not just doctors and nurses!


Launch of the resources page – including ‘Knowing your NHS’ lesson plan: a lesson plan for all ages to help demystify NHS services and how to access them appropriately. 

Why not take a look at your curriculum and programmes for 2018 and think about ways to incorporate NHS70 into your plans for young people! 


The NHS 70 countdown and celebrations begin leading to the big birthday on 5 July!  And don’t forget the deadline for the Step into the NHS Schools competition is on 31 January.