Welwyn Hatfield school students take over the Lister!

Thirty school students from four Welwyn Hatfield schools spent the morning of Friday, 20 November 2015 working alongside senior NHS managers at the Lister hospital, in Stevenage on ways their services could be run more effectively for young people.

The young people were from Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park, Hatfield’s Onslow St Audrey’s School and the Sir Frederic Osborn School in Welwyn Garden City. The students had a behind the scenes tour of the hospital, before discussing how services could be improved for the benefit of young people attending the hospital.

Young people from Welwyn Hatfield schools at the Lister (web)

The subjects the students discussed with hospital staff included mental health issues, waiting areas and catering for young people. They also discussed how more young people could be attracted to careers working in the NHS.

Commenting on the students’ experience, the Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said:

“We really enjoyed listening to the school students who came to the Lister today to help us improve the services we provide for young people. This is the first time that the hospital has participated in NHS Takeover Day and we are grateful to these young people for the enthusiasm they brought with them – and their practical suggestions on how we can improve our services.”

David Brewer, The Trust’s head of engagement, said:

“It is crucial that young people have a say in the way in which hospital services for them are delivered – and it was great to see so many useful ideas being suggested today. The Trust has a very successful campaign called #TheFutureIsMembership that so far has enabled us to recruit over 1,000 youth members. We have been working with our partners to help local young people understand the range of services that we provide and how the young people can influence how decisions are made about local NHS services.”

NHS Takeover Day is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England. It offers children and young people the chance to work with adults and get involved in decision-making. Earlier this year the same four schools that attended the Lister on 20 November (Dame Alice Owen’s, Chancellor’s, Onslow St Audrey’s and Sir Frederic Osborn) participated at the Trust’s annual general meeting, which was held at the University of Hertfordshire’s Weston Auditorium on 14 July.

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