We are delighted to share the newsletter of the Young People’s Health Partnership (YPHP). You can read all about YPHP’s activities and our past editions.
The Young People’s Health Partnership, led by the Association for Young People’s Health, has been funded by NHS England to help young people and families affected by obesity and excess weight share experiences and views about how services could be improved. We want to understand the most important things for young people and their families who are affected by excess weight. The project will directly inform the priorities of the Children and Young Peoples Transformation Programme in NHS England and Improvement. The NHS has committed in its Long-Term Plan to improving care for children and young people with complications related to severe obesity. This work is particular focused on severe obesity – other parts of the NHS and public health system are focused on prevention and early intervention.
As part of the project we are undertaking a scoping review of evidence about what children, young people and families affected by excess weight have already told us is important. As we begin our searches we are issuing a call for existing evidence. This could be work being undertaken currently or previously within the last three years. You can help us by sharing a document you have already published or by using this template. Please send us your evidence or contact us for more information at email@example.com. by 15th November 2021.
YPHP led engagement with groups of young people about their experiences of Covid-19 and the pandemic. We asked young people from LGBTQ+, Gypsy, Traveller and Roma and young carer communities about their experiences of COVID-19 and lockdown, how this has affected their health and how they accessed support. Key messages from the young people about their experiences in lockdown were shared in a webinar in late October 2020 with policy leads, NHS England and PHE staff and healthcare professionals. You can read the full report here.
As we move into recovery post COVID-19 we know that Primary Care Networks and Social Prescribing will be vital sources of support for children, young people and families affected by the pandemic and lockdown. We have worked with young people to better understand what they want from Primary Care Networks and one of our members StreetGames leads the Youth Social Prescribing Network. We are sharing the top ten tips StreetGames have developed to support commissioners and practitioners to develop and embed effective social prescribing for children, young people and families.
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.
On 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.
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.