AYPH works with general practitioners in a number of ways. We have undertaken a number of projects looking at how we can improve consultations with young people, and develop new services and referral pathways. See our ‘Teen Health Check’ and ‘GP Champions’ projects below. AYPH also works closely with the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.
Along with commissioners, Healthwatch and youth groups in Tower Hamlets, AYPH worked with a diverse group of young people to understand what they would like Primary Care Networks to look like, how they could best meet young people’s health and wellbeing needs and what would help young people to access support. More information about this work can be found here.
An innovative ‘Teen Health Talk’ has been developed to promote better health assessments of young people in primary care. Together with the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership, and Dr Stephanie Lamb of The Well Centre, we have been involved in testingthe feasibility of introducing the Teen Health Talk into routine general practice in a set of pilot surgeries in Lambeth and Southwark. You can download a project summary here.
AYPH carried out the GP Champions for Youth Health project from 2012-2015, funded by the Department of Health. This involved collaboration between GPs and the voluntary sector, to develop new services and referral pathways for young people. It was highly successful, especially where new services were commissioned. AYPH’s GP Champions project was a finalist in the 2015 Children and Young People Now Awards.
Our free GP Champions Toolkit for Primary Care summarises the work. It has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and contains actions all GPs could carry out to improve primary care services for young people. The ten top tips for GP practices can be found here. Tips for a YP friendly GP practice
Read the GP Champions project summary.
We produced a briefing on Commissioning the voluntary sector for Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and others, to encourage commissioning of voluntary sector services.
RCGP Talk to Us Confidentiality leaflets for young people and parents
Get it right with your GP developed by Interchange Sheffield
Young people’s feedback form developed by Montpelier Health Centre, Bristol, modelled on one from Off the Record, Bristol.
Right Here Brighton and Hove – short film to prepare young people to visit their GP
We occasionally deliver bespoke training to improve communication and self care for young people coming into contact with general practice, including for example a project we undertook with partners Dr Steph Lamb and diabetes expert patient Alex Silverstein on young people with Type 1 diabetes. View our screencast.