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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. 

BSL 999 Service

Deaf people needing urgent emergency support across the UK are now able to call 999 using British Sign language via a video relay service.

BSL 999 Service

Have your say on health matters

Young people have rights when making decisions and choices about their healthcare. 

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.

Get your RIGHTS website

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:

NHS South West London Integrated Care Board

NHS South West London Integrated Care Board is a statutory organisation bringing together the NHS to improve population health and establish shared priorities for local people.

NHS South West London Integrated Care Board

Kingston - get involved

Richmond - get involved 

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 and how to get involved

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

Healthwatch Richmond

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.

NHS England Youth Forum

Join discussions on the NHS England Youth Forum on Facebook 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.


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.