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Young People 'Takeover' CCGs

12th December 2014

Young people in Cheshire and Merseyside took the opportunity to get involved in this year’s Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day on 21st Nov at a number of events organised by various CCG’s across Cheshire and Merseyside.

The young people involved in the Takeover Day benefited from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, whilst adults and organisations gained a fresh perspective.

NHS Vale Royal CCG, West Cheshire CCG and the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership all had events planned for the day. The young people then came together in the afternoon to meet with the senior executives at the CWP Trust Board. This proved hugely successful and directly led to the young people feeling like they had an influence on service development.

Alison Lee, Chief Executive Officer of NHS West Cheshire CCG, another partnership involved in the Takeover Day, said: “It is so important that we involve young people in shaping health services of the future. Being part of National Takeover Day was a great experience for all involved. It was a pleasure to have them with us and give them the opportunity to share their views and opinions. Hopefully their ‘takeover’ opportunity provided valuable insight into how commissioning in the NHS works to provide services on their behalf."

Last year concerns that were raised included the lack of crisis support and the treatment of patients within A&E settings. Since then, young people have been invited to meet with commissioners and A&E staff and have worked with them to make improvements. This shows how the Takeover Day really can influence positive change, as well as providing a valuable opportunity for the young people, and important insight into how the NHS operates.  

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