The young People’s Advisory Group has been set up to allow NHS Lothian to hear young people’s views on health care and give young people the chance to influence the current and new hospital for children and young people due to open in 2017​.

We recognise that young people have a very important role in influencing the provision of health care services and how it is delivered.

Current members consist of young people who are users and former users of the hospital.  There is also adult representation from the hospital and the project team working on the new hospital.

What will YOU do?

Give your views and advice about things important to young people when they are in hospital.

Look at how young people can keep ‘normal routines’ when they are in hospital.

Find out what would help families and friends when a young person is in hospital.

Be involved in developing pathways of care for young people transitioning into adult services.

Help with the design and layout of young people areas in the new hospital building.

What will YOU get?

Great work and life experience.

Build networks with other young people and organisations.

Represent young people.

Improve your speaking and presentation skills.

Make a difference to the people living in your community.

About you

Qualities and experience

We are looking for young people who:

  • have a commitment to making a difference to how services within the hospital are delivered to young people currently and in the future
  • can communicate in different ways with other children and young people
  • respect other people’s views
  • show sensitivity to the experiences of others
  • are happy to work within a group.

No formal qualifications or experience are required. Experience of the NHS as a patient or sibling and being familiar with issues relating to the health care needs of young people would be useful although it is not essential.

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Last Reviewed: 27/07/2012