Health Professionals and young people communicating

Health Professionals and young people communicating

As young people are the future population of the country, it is essential that the health service develops a good working relationship, so that the young people will trust the health service in the future. In addition, at a vulnerable time in their lives, when young people want to gain independence, the health service should nurture and encourage young people to come and talk about their health concerns.

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Current and future barriers for young people to be involved is the school leaving age which is currently 17 and due to rise to 18 in 2015, NHS England could develop training & Education courses for Post 16 to offer as a means of developing an Invovement/Representation Quailcations( i.e. BTEC National Award) which would ensure that pressure on young people is removed or meetings etc occur on school holidays and/or at weekends. What is NHS England policy on Young People's Involvement of school age

NHS organisations need to have stronger liaison with youth groups such as scouts, guides and youth clubs. Youth awards could include involvement in health and social care agendas.

As young people are the future population of the country, it is essential that the health service develops a good working relationship, so that the young people will trust the health service in the future. In addition, at a vulnerable time in their lives, when young people want to gain independence, the health service should nurture and encourage young people to come and talk about their health concerns.

Young people often don't realise the opportunities that they have to access healthcare services and more importantly rarely have the opportunity to give feedback to services. Good communication and a healthy relationship between healthcare professionals and young people would help to solve this.

Patients should be met where they are, not where expected to be.

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