& Us blogs
& Us gives children, young people, parents, carers and families the opportunity to contribute to College work in a safe, meaningful and ethical way.
11 August 2016
My short journey of six weeks draws closer to its end, yet even while it’s ending I have been able to travel to new places, encounter new people as I work with my team to ensure their voices are heard. Words cannot express enough the amount of new experiences I have been privileged to experience such as going to Wales, staying for an overnight at a Premier Inn and taking part in the Wales Takeover Challenge, which have all enabled me to become independent.
28 July 2016
Mental health - the most daunting and dominating topic in the news, and why wouldn’t it be as it is estimated that 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Each time ‘mental health’ is mentioned people think of it in a negative way as your mind instantly attaches negative connotations to ‘mental’.
22 July 2016
On 28 June 2016, 11 young people from various voluntary organisations and schools in Northern Ireland came to the La Mon Hotel in Belfast to take part in our first ever Northern Ireland Takeover Challenge.
22 July 2016
Communication is vital in every organisation to exchange key information back and forth which takes several different forms. However in this digital era, one form of communication has seemed to dominate all and that is communication from behind a screen. It may possibly be the most advanced means to interact but is it the best?
14 July 2016
One month before I started my nerves were sky high and 100 questions were running through my mind. ‘What if I do something wrong?’ ‘Will I be sat at a desk all day doing admin work?’ One week before and the nerves remained pretty much the same. But as I was in contact with the Human Resources (HR) at the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Healthcare (RCPCH) it all started to feel more real and a bit more exciting. I was now more excited than nervous to start working.
27 January 2016
On 15 January 2016, 16 young people from 3 London schools came to the RCPCH London office to be part of our first ever Takeover Challenge. In the morning the young people split into 5 working groups, working with different divisions with staff on "the day job" through a series of challenges. The divisions were:
20 November 2015
The most important doctor for many children is the wonderful Dr. Seuss. Although not the type of doctor that many (or any) here in the UK will view as a colleague, his words of whimsy ring true with many of the messages young people wish their healthcare service to hear and appreciate.
15 May 2015
To put it simply my clinical psychologist helped me to learn how to “live” with my condition not just be alive. This week is both Mental Health and CLAPA (cleft lip and palate) awareness week, so I thought I’d share my story....
11 May 2015
It's time to share. I am not asking you to do anything, just read and reflect. Take from this what you will. If you were given three wishes what would they be? To be skinny. To not feel hungry. To be happy. This was the question asked by a professional in 2012. That was the start of the consultation. Introductions were done and then boom, I was posed this question. From that moment on the consultation spiralled a little. I suppose they were a little taken aback.
11 May 2015
Mental Health Awareness Week Blogs 2015 Stigma: A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.