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!
As part of the Health & Wellbeing Alliance’s additional work programme YPHP led 2 projects with the support of our HWA partners to help improve the mental health & wellbeing of children and young people and to improve understanding about young people not in employment, education or training who experience common mental health issues.
What do we know about young people’s views on wellbeing? YPHP worked with other partners from the Health and Wellbeing Alliance to gather existing evidence and run focus group discussions with young people to explore a range of young people’s perspectives about what keeps them mentally well. The findings have informed a Special Interest Group on children and young people’s mental health and prevention, established by Public Health England.
We developed a Scoping review of existing evidence and a briefing setting out the results and recommendations from discussions with young people. You can access all the other work of the Special Interest Group here.
Closing the Employment Gap for Young People
At least 6.5% of young people age 16-18 are not in education employment or training. The UK has the third highest percentage of early leavers from education and training in the EU and 3/4 of mental health problems start by the age of 24. Young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing can significantly affect their ability to apply for, obtain and maintain work. Particular groups of young people can be more affected by these issues.
As part of the Health & Wellbeing Alliance’s additional work programme YPHP led work to develop a scoping review to provide an overview of evidence in this area and a resource to help those working with young people to support them. We spoke to young people, employers, charities, mental health providers and the Department of Work and Pensions to understand the issues young people are facing and what professionals are doing to support them. We explored new and promising practice to understand what employers need to support them to engage with young people affected by mental health issues.
This World Homelessness Day we were 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.
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.