NHS England Youth Forum

NHS Youth Forum launches posters for young people

The NHS Youth Forum have developed a series of posters for young people.  The posters focus on young people’s right to consent, their right to complain and their right to comment and give feedback on the services that they receive.  These are all an important part of the NHS listening to and working with young people in order to provide the best care possible.  The posters come with an overarching leaflet that gives more information about each topic.  The leaflet is also available in audio and easy read formats.  Please feel free to download this material and share widely.

Announcing new regional youth voice programmes

NHS England is delighted to announce that the Regional Youth Voice Grants are being awarded to the following successful applicants:

South region Youth Access
Midlands and east region Healthwatch Dudley
London region Association of Young People’s Health
North region Multicultural Arts and Media Centre

Building on the success of the first year of the national NHS Youth Forum, NHS England is supporting four new programmes of work that will strengthen the voices of children and young people in our work. Working with four partners across our regions, we will focus on supporting young people to influence their local health services, we will hear directly from young people about their needs and their views will help us to improve. We are delighted to have a programme that will bring breadth and depth to developing a strong youth voice in NHS England’s work and look forward to the year ahead. Summary information about each project is here. For more information on how these projects are going, please visit this page, or the Youth Forum Facebook page, or twitter feed @NHSYouthForum #NHSYF.

The NHS Constitution and Values put patients at the heart of what we do, listening to children and young people is vital and there are a wide range of ways to do this. One approach is to set up a Youth Forum. NHS England have worked with the British Youth Council and other partners to develop some top tips on setting up youth forums.  The guide contains some practical advice on how to get started, as well as useful case studies that illustrate different methods and how effective these can be.


NHS England has officially launched a brand new Youth Forum. Comprising 20 Young People recruited from all over the country and linked in to a Facebook network of hundreds more young people, the forum aims to provide a voice for young people. The Young People will work with NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health to work in partnership with us to improve the services for young people.

For the first year, their priorities will be:

  1. Working with partners to develop recommendations for improving communication between young people and clinicians
  2. Improving awareness of mental health issues for young people
  3. Focusing on de-stigmatising sexual health services and improving young people’s sexual health

Join discussions on our NHS England Youth Forum Facebook page

A critical element of the Forum’s work as we go forward will be embedding the Health and Wellbeing Manifesto within the CMO’s report ‘ Our Children deserve better, Prevention pays’. The forum will work closely with NHS England’s Board to deliver their objectives. The delivery of the Forum is supported by the British Youth Council and a reference group of a wide range of youth sector partners. This group will also be part of the emerging NHS Citizen programme – a network of people and patients who can work with us to improve healthcare.

The NHS youth Forum was officially launched at NHS Expo with the support of Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England, Dr Jackie Cornish National Clinical Director for Children, Young People at NHS England and Transition, and Dr Anne Hoskins of Public Health England. See why it’s so important that together we all listen and involve children and young people in the NHS.

Young People having a voice in the NHS

One of the priorities of the NHS youth forum is addressing mental health. In July young people from across England came together with professionals from NHS England and Public Health to discuss how together we can reduce the stigma that sounds mental health by continuing to riase the profile of young people’s mental health – watch, learn and share.

Emerging themes for young people (poster)
Tom Yems and Vikram Patel explain the priorities for action at the launch of the Youth Forum at EXPO 2014