Giving young people a say on health services
NHS England has a Youth Forum, made up of 25 young people from all over the country, who have a passion for improving health services for young people.
The Youth Forum gives a voice to young people to express their thoughts on the health issues that matter most to them. It works directly with NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health enabling the Forum to have a real impact on the health services that young people use.
Current issues the Youth Forum is working to tackle include:
- Making sure young people understand their healthcare rights.
- #yourhealthinyourhands – working to give young people control to prevent illness and stay well.
- Improving opportunities for young people to get involved in primary care, for example in their GP or dental practice.
- Developing ‘golden rules’ for good care, highlighting what young people need from their care pathway.
How can I get involved?
You can apply to become a member of the Youth Forum if you are aged 13 – 25. New members are recruited each year in the spring. If you would like more information about how to apply contact the British Youth Council.
You can also getting involved by taking part in online conversations about health services and what matters to you. You can like the NHS England Youth Forum Facebook page, post comments and follow online conversations on Twitter @NHSYouthForum #NHSYF.
Find out more
You can find out more about the NHS Youth Forum and its innovative projects, including resources it has developed for healthcare commissioners and awareness campaigns, on the British Youth Council website.
More information about NHS England’s work to improve services for children and young people can be found in the ‘Our work’ section of the website.
The Youth Forum has produced some short films about its work which you can find on the NHS England Youtube channel. Including a brand new peer support film that highlights the importance of this type of support for young people.
Youth Forum youth rights in healthcare posters
The NHS Youth Forum has developed a series of ‘your rights’ posters to help young people understand their healthcare rights around issues such as consent and confidentiality. The posters can be downloaded using the links below.