What do young people want in the NHS Long Term Plan?

Over 300 young people took part in workshops, events and activities to share their views on what would support their health and that of children and young people over the next 10 years. The full report from the consultation activity was shared with NHS England as part of the consultation in preparation for the Long Term Plan.
Last modified
9 January 2019

Following analysis of all the data by the Children and Young People's Engagement and Health Policy teams at RCPCH, the results were published on World Children's Day on the 20 November 2018, highlighting the voice and views of young people.

Headline results were:

  • 31% of respondents wanted to have youth friendly services including quick referrals, staff trained in youth identities (such as being looked after), having a long term condition or being an LGBT+ young person.
  • 25% felt that mental health services need to be improved so that there is support for every day emotional health and wellbeing through to crisis support. 
  • 21% of young people wanted to be given skills for health, including more time to learn about healthy eating, on self-care, and better health education to stay healthy.
  • 16% wanted NHS services to improve how they listen to young people's voice in shaping health services and in individual care decisions.
  • 6% felt that transition needed to be improved between services and departments, including having a lead worker and training for staff to work with young people and young adults. 

Sessions were coordinated by the RCPCH Children and Young People's Engagement team, the British Youth Council, the Association for Young People's Health, the NHS Youth Forum and the Young People's Health Partnership. A diverse group of young people took part from different parts of England and with different experiences of the health services and from backgrounds including in care, BAME, young carers, care leavers, disabled young people, LGBT+ amongst others. 

You can download the poster and topic cards below. To get in touch about the results, please email and_us@rcpch.ac.uk