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Health Services

Health Information for Young People

Free annual health checks

Annual health checks are free for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability. Find out more about annual health checks (opens a new window)

Confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds

NHS Go (opens in new window)

Have your say on health matters

Young people have rights when making decisions and choices about their healthcare. This video from the GET Your Rights website tells you more.

The Get Your Rights website contains accessible information, leafets and videos about the following subjects:

  • Using the NHS.
  • Being treated well.
  • Making decisions.
  • Your local area.
  • Wellbeing and Adulthood.

Visit the Get your RIGHTS website (opens in new window)

Local groups to get involved with

There are local and national groups that you can get involved with to have your say on health services. Some may have youth participation groups.

These are:

​​Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

CCGs are groups of local GPs that work together to plan and buy (commission) NHS health services in England for their local population. Clinical commissioning groups work with patients, health and social care partners to meet local health and social care needs.

NHS South West London Commissioning Group (opens a new window)

Kingston - get involved (opens a new window)

Richmond - get involved (opens a new window) 

 

 

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Youth Out Loud

Youth Out Loud! are a group of people aged 13 to 17 working with Healthwatch Richmond and Healthwatch Kingston.

We are interested in how the local health system works, we are looking to understand what children and young people think about it and improve its services.

Youth Out Loud! was launched on the 8th of April 2019 and it is supported by Richmond and Kingston Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Achieving for Children.

Find out more about Youth Out Loud and how to get involved (opens a window) 

 
Local Healthwatch

Your Local Healthwatch has a statutory role to provide patients with advice on how to take forward a complaint, or resolve an issue.

Find out more about your local group.

Healthwatch Kingston (opens in new window)

Healthwatch Richmond (opens in new window)


NHS Youth Forum

NHS England has a Youth Form, which is made up of 25 young people recruited from all over the country and linked in to a Facebook network of hundreds more young people, the forum aims to provide a voice for young people. The young people will work in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health to improve the services for young people. For the first year, their priorities will be:

  • Working with partners to develop recommendations for improving communication between young people and clinicians.
  • Improving awareness of mental health issues for young people.
  • Focusing on de-stigmatising sexual health services and improving young people’s sexual health.

Visit the NHS England Youth Forum website (opens in new window)

Join discussions on the NHS England Youth Forum Facebook page (opens in new window) or Twitter feed @NHSYouthForum #NHSYF.

Become a YoungMinds Activist

Join YoungMinds and campaign for change in children and young people's mental health. Find out how to become an activist and what you’ll be able to do when you join.

Visit the YoungMinds website (opens in new window)

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Forum for People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism, Families, Carers and Supporters

There is a NHS England Forum for people with a learning disability and/or autism, their familes, carers and supporters. There are regular meetings and workshops so that people with a learning disability can have their say in NHS work.

Find out more about the Forum (opens in new window)