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Youth Forum go on a ‘back to the floor’ tour!

Three teenagers and a member of staff are visiting a hospital ward. They are next to a rainbow painted bear and a young person in a wheelchair is holding the bear's hand.
23 October 2023

Today some of our lovely Youth Forum members – Rebekah, Yusef and Aoife – visited ward four with Yvonne, our Chief Nurse on a ‘back to the floor’ tour! These tours see our Youth Forum members along with someone from Sheffield Children’s Board visit different sites, wards and departments to understand more about what happens there and also give a young persons perspective about how it feels and works (and often give some feedback too!).

Today, they visited Ward 4 – a general medical ward which also has a speciality focus on respiratory conditions in the winter. They met colleagues, patients and family members on the ward and talked about their experiences working and being a patient there. Following the visit the Youth Forum members will write up evaluations and share feedback with the places they visit with things they liked, information they gathered and any improvements to suggest. It’s one way the Youth Forum work collaboratively with departments across Sheffield Children’s!

Our Youth Forum members – who have all been, or still are – patients and siblings of patients – are a really important part of Sheffield Children’s. They volunteer their time to advise on issues that are important to patients and to the future of Sheffield Children’s. They’ve developed resources to support patients and their families, created the Young People’s Charter of Rights, supported with sustainability projects, been involved with recruitment, and lots more! Tours like today really help members of the Youth Forum to learn more about the work that happens at Sheffield Children’s and gives them an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in how we provide care for children, young people and their families. We’re really grateful to everyone for their time in making it happen.

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