Involving Young People with Mental Health Problems in Improving Healthcare

Linda Milnes, Sarah Kendal

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has not approved an undergraduate programme about CYP’s mental health, yet the issue is familiar to mental health clinicians and educators, who have raised concerns about a lack of suitably trained nurses and safe staffing levels (McDougall 2016).

Despite routine service user involvement in curriculum development and delivery (Rhodes 2012), the inclusion of CYP is rarely reported.

Latif et al (2017) offer insights into conducting participatory research with CYP who may be vulnerable and protected by ethical frameworks. They highlight recruitment as the main challenge in this area.

This is common and is a difficult problem to overcome in research with CYP, as seen in similar participatory studies (Kendal et al 2017). However, here it is demonstrated that ethical research methods that support meaningful engagement can include potentially vulnerable CYP.

Expertise informs a co-productive approach to intervention and maximises the potential for outcomes that are important to CYP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23
Number of pages1
JournalNursing children and young people
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2017


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