Involving young people in health service delivery
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Involving young people in health service delivery

Mandy Cheetham Research associate, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough
Angela Ellins Health improvement specialist, Newcastle Hospitals Community Health, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jane Callum Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Young people are entitled to be involved in decisions about their health care, yet many are not engaged in any meaningful way. This article outlines the approach taken by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and partners to implement quality criteria for young people-friendly health services. It describes the opportunities and challenges of actively involving young people in their care. Several approaches that have been applied in diverse healthcare settings are illustrated. Recommendations on how to engage young people are provided from the authors’ experiences.

Nursing Standard. 27, 30,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.03.27.30.35.e7053

Received: 17 June 2012

Accepted: 22 November 2012

Published in print: 27 March 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review