An evaluation of the NHS England Youth Forum

Lisa Whiting, Sheila Roberts, Jenni Etchells, Kath Evans, Alice Williams

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Aim To use qualitative data collection approaches to enhance insight and understanding of the NHS England Youth Forum, including its role, value and potential effects. Method A qualitative evaluation research approach was used. Two focus groups were conducted: one with five young people from the NHS England Youth Forum and another with five members of the Adult Reference Group that supports the forum's work. Individual semi-structured interviews were undertaken with four employees of NHS England and the British Youth Council who had a central role in the development and implementation of the forum. Findings The members of the NHS England Youth Forum were participating in an extensive range of activities, and their work is having a direct and positive influence on the provision of healthcare services. The day-to-day management of the forum, in terms of personnel, time and commitment, should be acknowledged. Conclusion Young people are not only highly capable of participating in decision making related to healthcare, but also want to be involved and value the opportunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalNursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

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