NHS England provides health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations.
Lord David Prior, Chair, NHS England .
In the NHS young volunteers have made a significant contribution to the delivery of health and care services around the country. We recognise and celebrate the impact of the NHS Youth Forum, which has provided an opportunity for young people, particularly from low-income, diverse and ethnic minority backgrounds, to participate in and shape our governance and policymaking.
By signing the Power of Youth Charter we are re-affirming the commitment of NHS England to listen, engage and empower children and young people. They are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re leading now.
Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
On behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement, I am delighted to be signing the #iwill Power of Youth Charter along with Lord David Prior, Chair of the NHS England Board. The principles that underpin the Charter, are values that we share. We are making public our commitment to children’s rights, leadership and empowerment.
We are already making progress. The NHS Youth Forum members completed excellent work on expressing the view of young people to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), working in partnership with the National Network of Designated Healthcare Professionals. And as one of the biggest employers in the world, we have created opportunities for people to take their first steps towards employment in the NHS, through youth social action activity; for example volunteering at health and care settings including during the pandemic or becoming an NHS Cadet in partnership with St John Ambulance.
I am really are proud of being part of young people’s voice and volunteering leadership journey. #PowerofYouth
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