Improving practice

Improving practice

Improving practice in young people’s health is one of our key aims and we create a range of accessible information and tools to support professionals, young people and their families. We work with young people, their families and all professionals involved in young peoples health including GPs, paediatricians, pharmacists, nurses, school nurses and colleagues in the voluntary and statutory sector.


Public Health: We have a longstanding interest in public health projects to improve young people’s health, including developing resources for Public Health England on wellbeing and resilience, and recent work with Coram on public health approaches to knife crime.  Much of our policy work is on prevention, including our response to consultations such as for the prevention green paper, and input to the Public Health England’s Prevention Concordat.



Primary Care: We have undertaken a number of projects looking at how we can improve consultations and health services for young people, and develop new youth friendly services and referral pathways.  We work closely the Primary Care and Public Health team at their annual conference, chairing the strand of presentations on young people’s health.  We are helping to promote a youth friendly approach to primary care networks.  We often work directly with GPs to find ways to improve practice including the Teen Health Check and GP Champions projects.

Secondary Care: AYPH works with a range of secondary care professionals, including the Royal College of Physicians’ Young Adults Steering Group and the Young People’s Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG) of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


You’re Welcome: You’re Welcome is a set of quality criteria for young people friendly health services.  We were commissioned by Public Health England to refresh the standards, which are now awaiting sign off by PHE, NHS England and the Department of Health.


Families: Families are critical to young people’s health.  We’re interested in finding out more about the role they play, and in how to support them to help their young people achieve the best possible health outcomes.  Our work has included developing and testing a new website specifically for parents of young people with mental health problems.

AYPH leads the Young People’s Health Partnership, which represents the interests of young people and young adults aged 10 – 25. We focus specifically on young people facing health inequalities. Much of the work is relevant to improving practice.  We are a partnership of six organisations with VCSE networks across England from the youth and young people’s health sectors.  FOr more about the partnership and to see some of of its outputs, see  here.



Visit our resources page for a full list of recent publications and other outputs.