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.


You’re Welcome: You’re Welcome is a set of quality criteria for young people friendly health services. The standards have been refreshed as part of a project supported by Public Health England, 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.




Health Literacy: Health Literacy has an important role to play for young people as they increase their independence and become less reliant on parents and carers.  Our projects in this area have included a toolkit for school nurses.



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, 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.



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 Resilience as well as a Framework for Improving Young People’s Health.





Student Health: AYPH has been working with students, exploring ways to improve the health outcomes for young people with long term health conditions in further education. We have met young people across the country and heard their perspectives on student life while managing long term health conditions; its challenges, things that help and advice they would pass on to other young people.



TOGETHER Study: The Together study is working closely with young adults along with practitioners, youth workers and organisations such as Diabetes UK to co-design a group clinics care model for young people with diabetes to see if working together could better support them to improve their health and live with the condition.



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