Health Passport issued to District’s Young People

It’s destination Bradford City Football Club on the 15th October as local NHS health providers, commissioners and the voluntary sector, team up to help young people on their health care journey.  Your Future, Your Health is a free one day event, expected to welcome 500 young visitors.



On the day, each young person will receive a Health passport and be challenged to collect ‘info zone’ stamps from a range of info zones.  In each zone experts from Airedale and Bradford Hospitals, Bradford District Care Trust’s community health teams, the Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Barnardo’s and the Bradford Youth Development Partnership will be on hand to offer tips and advice.   Zones include: Careers, Let’s Keep Healthy, Let’s Get Involved, and Let’s Stay Active and tackle issues such as emotional health and wellbeing, sexual health and relationships, drugs awareness, the effects of smoking and drinking and NHS careers. There will be CPR demos, and games taking place and rap and graffiti artists on hand to develop works based on young people’s views of healthcare.

Top bosses from across local NHS services will take part in two ‘Question Time’ panels. Young people will have the opportunity to talk directly with the Chief Executives and Chairs of the District’s main healthcare organisations about their health and well-being priorities and what they would focus on if they were in charge.

Paul Hogg, Project Lead said: “We wanted to give young people an opportunity to voice their opinions on healthcare and have access to credible advice on issues that may affect them.  Some young people will leave thinking about a career in the NHS, or about becoming a volunteer or trust member. Others will leave with free, confidential advice to help them stay active, healthy and safe. It’s the first event of its kind locally, so as partners we’ll be interested in the feedback we receive.  Our goal is to get young people actively involved in their own healthy futures. “

The local CCGs: NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, NHS Bradford City, and NHS Bradford Districts are keen to use the event to get young people interested and involved in shaping local health services.

Max Mclean, lay member for patient and public involvement at Bradford City CCG: “Bradford will be the youngest city in Europe in five years, so engaging and involving young people is a real priority for us. This is a great opportunity for us all to understand young people’s views on health services in the district, and we really hope they’ll continue to share their experiences and ideas after the event.”

Your Future, Your Health is open to young people aged between 14 and 18 from Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Invitations have been sent to local schools and colleges and through some child related health services.  Places are free, but need to be booked in advance.  If you’d like further information on attending please call:  01274 228293 or email debbie.daniel@bdct.nhs.uk