Young people have rights when making decisions and choices about their healthcare. This video from the GET Your Rights website tells you more.
The Get Your Rights website contains accessible information, leafets and videos about the following subjects:
- Using the NHS.
- Being treated well.
- Making decisions.
- Your local area.
- Wellbeing and Adulthood.
There are local and national groups that you can get involved with to have your say on health services. Some may have youth participation groups.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
CCGs are groups of local GPs that work together to plan and buy (commission) NHS health services in England for their local population. Clinical commissioning groups work with patients, health and social care partners to meet local health and social care needs.
Kingston CCG (opens an external website)
Richmond CCG (opens an external website)
Your Local Healthwatch has a statutory role to provide patients with advice on how to take forward a complaint, or resolve an issue. Find out more about your local group.
Healthwatch Kingston (opens an external website)
Healthwatch Richmond (opens an external website)
NHS Youth Forum
NHS England has a Youth Form, which is made up of 25 young people recruited from all over the country and linked in to a Facebook network of hundreds more young people, the forum aims to provide a voice for young people. The young people will work in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health to improve the services for young people. For the first year, their priorities will be:
- Working with partners to develop recommendations for improving communication between young people and clinicians.
- Improving awareness of mental health issues for young people.
- Focusing on de-stigmatising sexual health services and improving young people’s sexual health.
Forum for People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism, Families, Carers and Supporters
There is a NHS England Forum for people with a learning disability and/or autism, their familes, carers and supporters. There are regular meetings and workshops so that people with a learning disability can have their say in NHS work.
Find out more about the Forum (opens the NHS website)