The essential element of the Children’s and Young People Board is that it can and does make a real difference to the way in which we deliver paediatric services in our hospital.
The Children’s and Young People’s Board is made up of eight former and current patients, aged 9 to 18. This group of children and young people first got together in 2006, and have held meetings every school holiday ever since.
Initially the group worked on aspects of design for the Alex. Today, their remit is to help ensure that hospital services are the best they can be. Board members have an input into new policies, such as visiting time changes. They are also looking at the food sold in the hospital café and shop to assess whether it fits with the government’s drive against obesity.
Coming up is a survey of staff, patients, parents and carers to find out what everyone thinks of facilities at the Alex. The group will also be making a video about infection control and producing life size cardboard cut outs of themselves to be placed around the hospital reminding people about the importance of washing their hands in order to prevent cross infection.
Members of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust are invited to the board meetings where appropriate and there are also close links with the Alex parents forum.
Quotes from the forum:
"I really enjoy being on the Children’s and Young People’s Board because it’s a way of putting forward children’s views." Rio, 9.
"The hospital is all about coming together as a team as it’s our hospital." Abi, 14.