Young people wanted to help shape healthcare in Lothian

NHS Lothian is looking for members to join its Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) to help improve health services for children and young adults and influence the planning and design of the new hospital for children and young people.
 
The forum, for young people aged between 12-18yrs, will give members the opportunity to share their ideas, hopes and aspirations for the current and new hospital.
 
Members of the group are encouraged to participate and put forward their suggestions for improving health services.
 
Janice Mackenzie, the Chief Nurse at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, said: “We recognise that young people have a very important role in influencing the provision of health care and how it is delivered.
“By becoming a member of YPAG and representing the voices of other young people, you can make a difference to those living in your community, gain great work experience and build networks with other young people and organisations”.
 
Some of the tasks a member of YPAG can expect include; advising about things important to young people when they are in hospital, helping with the design and layout of young people areas in the new hospital building, looking at how young people can keep ‘normal routines’ when they are in hospital, finding out what would help families and friends when a young person is in hospital and be involved in developing pathways of care for young people moving into adult services.
 
Group members are asked to attend meetings every couple of months and work as a part of the team with other members.
 
For more information please visit the Young People's Advisory Group pages or email helen.taylor@luht.scot.nhs.uk.
 
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18/05/2012