YP Health Partnership

YP Health Partnership

The Young People’s Health Partnership represents the interests of young people and young adults aged 10 – 25. We focus specifically on young people facing health inequalities. We are a partnership of six organisations with VCSE networks across England from the youth and young people’s health sectors.

  • We support young people to exercise empowered and active voices
  • We provide advice on how policies and services can affect young people differently, particularly marginalised groups.
  • We increase understanding of good age appropriate care for young people and why it is important
  • We focus on young people’s wellbeing and increasing understanding of effective prevention work
  • We support the youth and young people’s health sectors to work in partnership with the health system

Together with AYPH the partnership includes: Addaction, Brook, StreetGames, UK Youth and Youth Access.

You can read more about YPHP here, access all our resources here and follow @YPHealth on Twitter for more about our work.

YPHP, Maternity Action and Friends, Families and Travellers will be leading a Health & Wellbeing Alliance Pop-up University workshop at Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018, on 5-6 September at Manchester Central! Our session will look at How the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector supports resilience for individuals, communities and specific groups and will unpack what this means and showcase good practice examples of work with particular communities, especially those facing health inequalities. The session takes place on 6 September at 12:30 PM. All public sector staff can claim complimentary tickets for the event, contact the Expo team to find out more.

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 and storify 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 the new Better Together Charter from Youth Access, NHS70 celebrations and our plans for the upcoming NHS Expo and PHE conference in September!

Recent work

Consultations with young people on the green paper: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision

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.

Reducing inequalities for homeless families

YPHP are leading a piece of work with Homeless Link to develop a learning resource and toolkit for public health nurses working with homeless families. The work includes a focus on the experiences of homeless young people. We will be sharing our work on this resource at the “Health at the Margins” event, organised by the Queen’s Nursing Institute  on the 5 July. This free event will bring together nursing students, educators, researchers and practitioners in homeless healthcare to learn and share ideas.

Supporting Youth Voice

Minister and YP

Some of the young people with Health Minister Alistair Burt MP in 2015

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.


Altogether Better Charter

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.

Evaluation of the Youth Health Champion Programme

This evaluation looks at the Youth Health Champion qualification provided by the Royal Society for Public Health. The YHC programme is a peer to peer approach which has provided training for over 2,000 young people in the UK. Read the evaluation here.

Social Prescribing for Young People

This briefing looks at the ways non-medical solutions can be used to achieve better health outcomes for young people. Read the briefing here.

Measuring Matters: an introduction to the Standard Evaluation Framework for Physical Activity

This briefing sets out ways voluntary and community sector organisations can use the SEF to evaluate their physical activity programmes and demonstrate impact. Read the briefing here.

Young, adult – and ignored: Getting a fair deal for 16-24 year olds from mental health services

This policy briefing by Youth Access for the Young People’s Health Partnership highlights the difficulties experienced by young adults aged 16 to 24 in accessing the mental health support they need and sets out recommended solutions. Read the briefing here.

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Health and Wellbeing Alliance

YPHP is part of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance) which has been established to:

  • Facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors
  • Support a two way flow of information between communities, the VCSE sector and policy leads
  • Amplify the voice of the VCSE sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy
  • Facilitate co-produced solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities

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.