YPAG stands for Young Persons' Advisory Group and its main aim is "getting involved and making a difference" at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The group was launched in January 2010 and has been meeting regularly since then for a mixture of hard work and fun.
YPAG keeps in regular contact with more than 50 young people via email and text.
What is YPAG?
A group of young people who:
- have a passion about healthcare for children and young people
- want the opportunity to express their views
- make changes in their local health service
- take responsibility for decisions that affect the way health services are designed and delivered at the hospital
Who can join?
Anyone who is aged 11 – 19, has an interest in the hospital and is willing to dedicate time:
- Patients or ex-patients
- Representatives from local young people's health groups
- Representatives from local young people's youth groups
- Anyone who lives in the West Midlands
- A Birmingham Children's Hospital foundation trust member
When does YPAG meet?
- There are four main meetings a year, usually on a Saturday, 12-2pm
- Monthly sub-meetings, usually on a weekday, 5-7pm
- Other meetings in between for special events and outings
What has YPAG done so far?
- Delivered presentations
- Interviewed staff
- Carried out inspections and evaluations
- Carried out assessments – "youth-proofed" documents/information
- Carried out consultations
- Taken part in a health participation event
- Taken part in awareness-raising events
- Secured funding for YPAG T-shirts and badges
- Helped out at fundraising events
What's in it for you?
- Personal reward – see a change from your involvement
- Meeting other young people
- Learn new skills
- Great addition to a job/college application
- Enhance your personal statement or UCAS application
- Accreditation – BYS, "V" involved
- Thank you rewards such as pizza and concerts
What do I do if I want to join or find out more?
Please contact: Janette Vyse, Lead Nurse for Patient Experience, on 0121 333 8619 or Janette.firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dave Baker, Senior Youth Worker, on 07747 027436 or email@example.com