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Young people in Sefton help to shape their local NHS

School students from across Sefton have been learning about local health services as well as giving their views on the NHS.

Youth Health Day 2
Graham Bayliss, Gill Brown, Megan Dwyer, Emily Ashcroft, Ryan McCarthy, and Peter Wong

Your Youth Health Day on Wednesday 18 July saw pupils from Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and Southport's Stanley High School work with Sefton Young Advisors, to learn which local NHS service is best for them if they are unwell or want some advice on their health and wellbeing.

The event was organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs’ joint Engagement and Patient Experience Group (EPEG) which brings together representatives from organisations including Sefton Council, Healthwatch Sefton and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to look at how the CCGs can better involve residents and partners in their work.

Health commissioners were joined at the Formby event by staff from Sefton council to hear young people’s views about health care.

The event saw pupils taken through everyday scenarios, how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and which NHS service to consider for a range of medical issues, ranging from when to get advice from local pharmacists and the NHS111 phone service for minor conditions, to when to call 999.

Ryan McCarthy from Sefton Young Advisors said:

“This event is about getting young people introduced to the health services they might have accessed or access in the future, looking at their knowledge and hopefully improve it by looking health scenarios which may affect them in the future.

“It’s also about looking at their feedback around health services because it’s really important because changes can be made from that and health services can be improved.”

One pupil said:

"I didn't realise how unhealthy I have been - I do go to bed late, spend time on my phone and also don't have breakfast. Those are things I'm going to change now."

This has been the second dedicated young person’s event organised by EPEG, led by Sefton Young Advisers and part of the CCGs’ commitment to ensuring the ‘voice of the child’ is recognised in health services.

Graham Bayliss, a lay representative for Patient and public engagement at NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

"The NHS is all about listening to all its patients, but the voices of young people can sometimes get drowned out by adults.

"It's important we're listening to young people and issues they have, as well as the areas of NHS services they're not sure about."

On what needs to change about health services, another pupil said:

"I think one thing the NHS lacks is mental health support, especially for teens, so if that could be improved that would be really good."

Gill Brown, governing body lead for Patient and public participation for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

"They've really changed my views about how we communicate with young people, especially around social media.

"One thing that came across is that we need to do more about mental health service provision for young people, particularly in relation to abuse over social media and the impact that can have on young people."

Watch a video from the event below:

To find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

 


Can you put a price on our local vegetation?

Overall, an estimated 1.4 billion kg of air pollutants were removed by woodlands, plants, grasslands and other UK vegetation in 2015, according to a study produced for the UK Natural Capital accounts by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

To put this in context, over five times as much PM2.5  (fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres, or 3% of the diameter of a human hair) was emitted in the UK in 2015, than was removed by vegetation in 2015.

This pollution removal saved the UK around £1 billion in avoided health damage costs3. It is estimated there were 7,100 fewer lung and heart-related hospital admissions, 27,000 fewer life years lost and 1,900 fewer premature deaths in 2015 as result of nature providing this service.

Trees, in particular, provide a wide range of services and account for most of the volume of air pollutants absorbed by natural vegetation in the UK but can have adverse effects also4.

 

(an area roughly the same size as a rugby pitch or London’s Trafalgar Square)


Southport & Formby Hospital Young Artists Competition

This year to celebrate Southport Flower Show, Southport & Formby hospital is inviting local children to send in their best artwork, to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the show. 

Painted FlowersThe winner will also have their work professionally framed and mounted on the stand at the show, then displayed in the hospital after the event.

Mini-artists should try to show what the NHS means to them, using whatever medium they choose.  Send pictures to Philippa Bray at Southport hospital, before 4 pm on Monday 13 August.  Three categories cover the under 11s, 11-16, and 16 plus.

The hospital has a recruitment stand at the flower show this year, to reach out to local people about the vast array of careers available within the NHS and at the local hospitals in Southport and Ormskirk.

To find out more, visit the show’s website.


Jake’s cool idea for children’s quiet room

Children helped design a new hospital quiet room for young patients who need a calming environment.

Jake JonesaThe “Chillaxation Room” was named by Jake Jones, from Skelmersdale, who is a member of the West Lancashire Children and Adolescent Mental Health patient group. Their ideas were incorporated into the final design of the room.

“The name just popped into my head,” said Jake, 13, who attends Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Skelmerdale.

He joined staff and other members of the group to mark the opening of the Chillaxation Room in the children’s department at Ormskirk hospital.

The room, which includes a TV, sensory toys and decoration, has been fitted out with support from the NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Fiona Short, Paediatric Liaison Nurse, said:

“We are very pleased with the room now it is finished and thank the participation group for their ideas and input. We have had good feedback from children and families who have used the room so far.”