Youth voice

Youth voice

Using our voice to create change in the NHS

Youth voice

Youth voice
  • 2525 students each year
  • 14 to 25 year olds
  • One year

The NHS Youth Forum is made up of 25 young people from all over the country, who have a passion for improving health services for young people. Run by the British Youth Council, the NHS Youth Forum gives a voice to young people to provide feedback, thoughts and ideas on the health issues that matter most to them and support and influence the development of key areas of work within NHS England.

Young people can get involved in their local NHS services through local Hospital Youth Forum, Patient Participation Groups and networks or through Healthwatch groups. Young people can gain qualifications through ASDAN while taking part

Run by: NHS Youth Forum Co-Ordinator, British Youth Council

External involvement: Project is run by the British Youth Council.

Other attributes developed: Confidence, understanding of NHS and healthcare services, independent working

Reflection: Young people are supported to reflect throughout their term on the forum, and to participate in evaluations of their work

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Volunteers from the NHS could speak to students about the range of pathways, local employment opportunities and shortages or growth areas within the healthcare sector. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 5 and 6 - Learning from career and labour market information, encounters with employers and employees, and experiences of workplaces