Young people in Sefton help to shape their local NHS

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

School children from across Sefton have been learning about local health services as well as giving their views on the NHS.

Your Youth Health Day on Wednesday 18 July saw pupils from Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and Southport's Stanley High School work with Sefton Young Advisors, to learn which local NHS service is best for them if they are unwell or want some advice on their health and wellbeing.

The event was organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs’ joint Engagement and Patient Experience Group (EPEG) which brings together representatives from organisations including Sefton Council, Healthwatch Sefton and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to look at how the CCGs can better involve residents and partners in their work.

Health commissioners were joined at the Formby event by staff from Sefton council to hear young people’s views about health care.

The event saw pupils taken through everyday scenarios, how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and which NHS service to consider for a range of medical issues, ranging from when to get advice from local pharmacists and the NHS111 phone service for minor conditions, to when to call 999.

Ryan McCarthy from Sefton Young Advisors, said: “This event is about getting young people introduced to the health services they might have accessed or access in the future, looking at their knowledge and hopefully improve it by looking health scenarios which may affect them in the future.

“It’s also about looking at their feedback around health services because it’s really important because changes can be made from that and health services can be improved.”

One pupil said: "I didn't realise how unhealthy I have been - I do go to bed late, spend time on my phone and also don't have breakfast.  Those are things I'm going to change now."

This has been the second dedicated young person’s event organside by EPEG, led by Sefton Young Advisers and part of the CCGs’ commitment to ensuring the ‘voice of the child’ is recognised in health services.

Graham Bayliss, lay representative for patient and public engagement at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: "The NHS is all about listening to all its patients, but the voices of young people can sometimes get drowned out by adults.

"It's important we're listening to young people and issues they have, as well as the areas of NHS services they're not sure about."

On what needs to change about health services, another pupil said: "I think one thing the NHS lacks is mental health support, especially for teens, so if that could be improved that would be really good."

Gill Brown, governing body lead for patient and public participation for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: "They've really changed my views about how we communicate with young people, especially around social media.

"One thing that came across is that we need to do more about mental health service provision for young people, particularly in relation to abuse over social media and the impact that can have on young people."

To find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

Comments

- 31 Aug 2018 03:59 PM
Mr Lee, Thank you for taking the time to comment on our children and young people’s event article. We encourage all our residents to have their say about local NHS services and our work as health commissioners and all the views and experiences we receive are extremely valuable. There are a range of different ways people can get involved and you can read more about this from the ‘Get involved’ section on the website (https:\/\/www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk\/get-involved\/). We also welcome people’s ideas on what more we could do to encourage representative participation and engagement of our residents in our work. Our latest public Big Chat event takes place on 11 September from 1 to 4.30pm in Southport and we’re encouraging as many of our residents as possible to come along. As well as hearing about our work over the past year, people will have the opportunity to give views about our plans for the future. This year, the event also includes a ‘marketplace’, where people can find out about the range of health related help, support and services available locally. If you’re thinking of attending please come along as we’d love to hear your feedback, as the views we gain from all of these engagement events inform our thinking about changes or developments to services. You can find out more including booking details at: https:\/\/www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk\/get-involved\/our-chat-events\/big-chat-10\/. Kind Regards, The Communications Team

- 04 Aug 2018 02:09 PM
It is interesting to learn that the NHS is "listening to young people and issues they have" but very few of them will have had any experience of what the NHS is all about. This being the case, such meetings will comprise of 99.9% the NHS telling the youngsters what it does and 0.01% of useful criticism to the NHS. A near total waste of time for everybody concerned. I would be more interested to hear about the possibility of there being similar meetings with older people who really have had experience of those services, good and bad, and do know what they are talking about. Perhaps then we older folk can actually give the NHS a good idea of what they are doing wrong and how they can improve things in the real world. The above results will be reversed at such meetings.