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Young people take centre stage on health issues

Young people take centre stage on health issues

Young people in Bradford are playing a key role in helping local health commissioners shape services around their unique needs.

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Young people take centre stage on health issues

NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has built a strong relationship with local young people over the past two years so they have real and meaningful input into the shape and development of health and wellbeing services that they use.

It is becoming increasingly important for children and young people to be involved in planning services as Bradford has the third largest child population in the UK, 35% of the City area’s population is under 19 and, over the next five years, Bradford is expected to become the youngest city in Europe.

The CCG has actively involved young people, especially through working with Barnardo’s, in building better services to support them as they grow up and take on board what they have to say about health services that affect them.

One key piece of joint work is the creation of a new, soon to launch, website: – to help young people navigate through their teenage years. It is designed to provide vital support, information and guidance about the transition into adulthood for young people aged 13 - 19 across the Bradford district - especially the transition from child to adult mental health services.

Bradford City CCG has funded the development of the website to support young people in moving from child and adolescent mental health services to adult services. The site can also be used by any young people who want information and help about their emotional and mental health, and where to get help if needed.

It is a true grassroots project, having been co-designed by young people, staff from a range of key health and care organisations and Barnardo’s. Ongoing consultation with young people has refined, and in some cases, changed the content of the website.

At its governing body meeting on (date) the CCG will preview the website and talk to some of the young people involved in its design.

Max Mclean, the CCG’s lay member for patient and public involvement, said “Patient and public engagement sits at the heart of everything we do; so we’re delighted that we’ve fostered such a good relationship with young people: so they feel comfortable to have their say and tell us what matters to them in using health services and how their own experiences have shaped their views.”

“It’s vital to encourage resilience and mental health wellbeing in young people, so the Thrive website is a fantastic achievement. I’m really proud that it’s been designed and road-tested by the age group who will use it most.”

The CCG’s focus on young people’s health also includes:

  • getting more young people involved in planning services, so that it leads to better awareness and outcomes for future generations

  • capturing children and young people’s views through the CCG’s Grass Roots ‘intelligence’ reporting

  • together with other local NHS partners, hosting a recent youth event where over 500 young people got to find out more about NHS careers, how to stay well both physically and mentally, and how the CCGs manage their multi-million pound budgets

  • publishing Future in Mind – the local transformation plans for delivering improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in Bradford over the next five years.

Bradford City CCG’s governing body is holding its meeting in public at Douglas Mill, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford, BD5 7JR on Wednesday 11 November at 2.30pm. The agenda and associated papers are available on the CCG website

If you would like to tell the CCG about your experiences please contact:   Local people can also become members of their practice patient participation group or get in touch with Healthwatch Bradford and District at

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