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School health drop-in is young people friendly

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
School health drop-in is young people friendly

A school health drop-in in North Tyneside has been given recognition for work to make it more young people friendly.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s drop-in service at Seaton Burn College has achieved the You’re Welcome status for engaging young people to help influence how the service operates.

You’re Welcome is a Department of Health initiative to encourage health services to be more young people friendly, involving them in decision-making and having a say in how they access them.

Sandra Kay, public health school nurse at the service for Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are really pleased to receive this award.

“’You’re Welcome’ has helped us raise awareness with students about the service. The school really values the service and have made the process easy. Both they and the young people have been fully engaged and interested in doing things to support us.”

As part of the process, young people from the school helped give feedback about the service and practical changes to the environment. The school council supported a competition to design posters advertising the service, and the public health school nurses held health promotion events within the school to raise awareness of the service and gain feedback.

Mark Robertson, You’re Welcome lead for Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are pleased that the school health service at Seaton Burn has been awarded the accreditation. It demonstrates their commitment to involving young people in having a direct say in how health services are delivered to them and our work to engage young people in the process.”