Young carers take over CCG
A group of young people from across Hertfordshire have come together to ‘take over’ the running of NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for a day.
The young people are all members of Carers in Herts’ Young Carers Council, and took part in the national ‘Takeover Challenge’ initiative.
The eight young people, aged from 11 to 17, played the role of the CCG’s senior management team for the day.
All of the young people provide unpaid care for family members in some way, and over the course of the day they shared their experiences and ideas to help improve health services for young carers and others.
Beverley Flowers, Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire CCG said: “It was a very positive day and we loved having these very bright young people in the office. We were thoroughly impressed with the courage they demonstrated when sharing their personal experiences and their suggestions about changes which could make a big difference to the lives of young carers and their families. I want to say a massive thank you to them for coming along.”
The group created their own ‘Youth Executive’ and met with GPs and staff from across the CCG to find out about their roles in the NHS and support the development of their own project plans. The young carers’ ideas ranged from developing a ‘Carers Passport’ app to providing training sessions on what young carers do for school teachers, local health staff and for the general public.
Lolly, aged 14, took part in the takeover day. She said: "It was a very interesting experience. The takeover day is something that I would do again. We had lovely staff from the CCG that gave us a tour and helped us out. We met a few important people like the Chief Executive and a GP who talked about what can be done to help young carers.
“One of the activities we completed was to suggest ideas of how the CCG can help young carers in the future. I believe that the CCG will pick the most influential, meaningful idea and help us turn it into reality.”
As a result of the day, the young people’s project ideas are already being discussed by the senior team at the CCG and we are looking to continue to work with the Young Carers Council in developing their proposals – so watch this space!
To find out more about the work that young carers do visit: www.carersinherts.org.uk/how-we-can-help/young-carers and if you would like to have your say on health services in east and north Hertfordshire, get involved or just stay up to date with local health service developments and news then please visit: www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved
Check out why young carer's Lolly and Charlotte decided to come along and what they thought about the day:
Notes to editors:
- The ‘Takeover Challenge’ Day is a national initiative led by First News Children’s Newspaper and the Children’s Commissioner. You can find out more here: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover-challenge/