Young People’s Health Matters Focus Week was held from 5th-9th March 2018. Search for #YPHealthMatters to see the resources and hear views from young people & professionals. Check out the blogs from the week.
We are delighted to share the newsletter of the Young People’s Health Partnership (YPHP). You can read all about YPHP’s activities, including new projects to improve children & young people’s mental health, our work to support engagement on the NHS long term plan and our trips to NHS Expo and the PHE conference!
This World Homelessness Day we are delighted to launch a toolkit and learning resource for public health nurses focusing on addressing health inequalities in homeless children, young people and families. The resources sets out how homelessness affects young people and families, what professionals can do and provides links to a range of resources and examples from practice. YPHP and Homeless Link worked with Public Health England to deliver this work as part of the Health & Wellbeing Alliance. Our blog details the process including the role of partner organisations from the Alliance and our external partner the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
YPHP are leading a project with the support of Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners to develop a resource to help improve understanding about young people not in employment, education or training who experience low level mental health issues and to help those working with young people to support them. As part of this work we want to find new and promising practice and understand what employers need to support them to engage with young people affected by mental health issues. If you have any examples of your own work or practice or know of any examples of good practice being carried out in your area/networks, please complete the call for practice examples template. For further information about the project contact us.
In September YPHP hosted a meeting with stakeholders from across the children & young people’s sector and NHS colleagues to discuss the NHS long term plan and support the ongoing consultation. The meeting was attended by over 70 senior managers and 14 young people. You can find more information about the meeting, notes of the roundtable discussions and feedback from the professionals and young people here. YPHP carried out a survey with young people to find out what they think the priorities for the NHS should be, alongside discussions and webinars carried out by the NHS Youth Forum and an engagement event run by the British Youth Council for seldom heard young people. You can read the young people’s views on the long term plan here.
Youth Access, acting on behalf of The Young People’s Health Partnership, was commissioned by DHSC to run four 2 hour focus groups with young people to get their thoughts on the proposals outlined in the green paper: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. You can read our report on what the young people thought of the proposals here.
YPHP, working together with RCPCH, the British Youth Council and the NHS Youth Forum asked over 300 young people what they thought would improve health services as part of the NHS long term plan consultation. Young people told us that youth friendly services, improving mental health support, skills for health, youth voice being included, heard and understood and improving transitions were their top 5 priorities.
YPHP supports a range of ‘takeover’ activities and other events where young people get involved in informing health decision making. A Takeover Toolkit sets out how you can run a takeover day activity focusing on health and wellbeing. On 29th June 2017 we supported 6 young people to share their experiences of health services to senior decision makers. Find out what they said here. If you are interested to find out more contact us.
The ‘Altogether Better’ charter was created by young people and sets out criteria for services to ensure that they are putting young service users at the heart of their organisation. Over 240 young people had direct input into the charter, putting their voices and experiences at the front and centre of the project. They were involved through consultation workshops across the country which included a range of marginalised groups. Youth Access used their grant to create a short animation to tell the story of the charter’s development.
The HW Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and is made up of 21 VCSE Members that represent communities who share protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities. Through their networks HW Alliance Members can link with communities and VCSE organisations across England.
Individuals and VCSE organisations who would like to share their experiences and ideas with NHS England, DH and PHE can do so via HW Alliance Members. If you would like to share insights or issues or get more information, please get in touch.
The alliance succeeds the Health and Care Strategic Partner Programme, which ended on 31 March 2017.