Young Persons’ Advisory Group
Who are YPAG?
The Young Persons’ Advisory Group (YPAG) is a youth engagement group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
YPAG are an indispensable group of passionate young people aged between 11-19. They represent the diverse voice of young people to ensure that our opinions and contributions are heard and acted on. The groups primary objective is to advocate the voice of young people; expressing their views while actively being involved in the improvement of healthcare services across the Trust and beyond.
YPAG members have access to exclusive opportunities to shape local healthcare services by engaging in a huge variety of exciting projects and much more. Being a YPAG member gives you the chance to have exciting new experiences and develop new skills, but most importantly – help you make positive differences in healthcare.
YPAG members have been involved in:
- Delivering presentations
- Interviewing staff
- Patient Experience walkabouts
- Carrying out consultations
- Supporting in teaching sessions for BWC staff
YPAG meets on a monthly basis to discuss projects and to plan future events. The group also meets regularly for socials, consultations and events. Although due to Covid-19 we have changed the way we meet, currently meeting fortnightly via Zoom.
Who can join?
YPAG welcomes all young people aged 11-19 from across the West Midlands, including hospital patients, siblings and representatives from the local community, who are enthusiastic about improving the services and making the hospital more ‘young-person friendly’. You do not have to commit to all meetings, but should make as many as you can. We ask for a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month. This includes providing feedback via email on projects, supporting with interview panels and exploring new opportunities for the group. If you are coming into hospital for a short stay and want to get involved, do get in touch!
Join YPAG or find out more
To join YPAG, please complete our online application. All new members will have the opportunity to have a buddy; a current member that is able to support you during your first three months of being a YPAG member.
To join YPAG, please complete our online application .
If you would prefer us to contact you, have any questions, or you are a healthcare professional and would like YPAG’s help on a project, please get in touch or register your interest with us:
Tweet us @BWCYouthVoice
Call our Volunteer Services on 0121 333 6726
YPAG Q&A sessions with BWC Board members
Raffaela Goodby, Chief People Officer
Our Young Person’s Advisory Group and Think4Brum members have come together to virtually quiz our new Chief People Officer, Raffaela Goodby, asking her about her role, how 2021 will look, plans to include young people in Trust conversations and how to reduce the stigma around mental health.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Trust Chairman
Our Young Person’s Advisory Group and Think4Brum members also had the opportunity to interview Trust Chairman, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. The six members of the group asked Sir Bruce about how he became Chair, discussed some of his career highlights, his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and BWC’s participation with service users and the future.
Quotes from YPAG members
Quotes from YPAG members
‘‘Being a YPAG member has enabled me to develop new skills such as confidence and public speaking. It has given me the opportunity to do things that I never thought I was capable of like speaking in front of a very large crowd and teaching junior doctors how to engage with young people as part of #TeenTalk. I have also acquired highly transferable skills and experiences that will definitely help me later on in life!’’
"YPAG is a very interactive and creative group, which has allowed me to go to Birmingham Medical School, to name a few. Not only do I learn something new every session, but it is opening doors for me, regarding my pathway in Higher Education."
‘‘YPAG has given me the opportunity to try different and new things, it is a well-rounded group that helps you to grow as a person’’
‘‘From personal experience being part of YPAG has enabled me to understand my own care and play an active involvement in improving other Children and Young People experiences. It has empowered me to become a facilitator for further positive change within my community.’’
‘‘I loved being a part of YPAG, being able to sit on panels, go to meetings with staff at the Trust and seeing the results of YPAG’s input make all the difference. Effective youth participation makes all the difference in health services.’’
YPAG lead roles
YPAG want to empower each and every member by giving them the opportunity to develop their passions and gain new experiences. This is why we have certain roles that members can be nominated for; generally we change these roles at the end of every year. The lead roles are:
- Diversity Lead
- Research Lead
- Communications Lead
- Engagement Lead
- Arts Lead
Flip reverse it: using role reversal to develop communication skills with young people and adolescents. YPAG are involved in Birmingham Children’s hospital unique style of adolescent communication skills training; shaped, developed and delivered by young people. #TeenTalk delivers role play with a twist, with professionals playing the patient and the young person taking on the role of health professional. #TeenTalk won an award in 2019.
What did we do?
Young volunteers, from YPAG and Think 4 Brum worked collaboratively with the Trust to design, rehearse and pilot a range of scenarios covering a variety of common dilemmas such as medically-unexplained physical symptoms, self-harm, and exploitation.
What does this add?
Involvement of young people in developing and delivering training ensures authenticity. The role-reversal approach encourages candidates to reflect on communication skills from a unique perspective enabling empathy. 96% of attendees felt the session was relevant to their clinical practice; 82% felt that it would lead to change in their current practice when communicating with adolescents.
YPAG member quotes on #TeenTalk
“This will definitely help to provide better, well-rounded care for many patients”.
Resources made by YPAG
Resources created by our young people
- YPAG and Think4Brum Self-Isolation Survival Guide[pdf] 15MB
- Self-Isolation Survival Guide (version for people with learning disabilities) created by YPAG and Think4Brum[pdf] 12MB
- How to cope with isolation - YPAG tips and resources [pdf] 790KB
- Kings and queens activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Sunshine activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Superhero activity pack [pdf] 2MB
- Pirate and princess week activity pack [pdf] 2MB
- Minibeasts & insects week pack [pdf] 3MB
- Gardening week - activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Picnic week activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- YPAG well-being pack [pdf] 8MB
- Sports week - activity pack [pdf] 762KB
- Nature week activity pack [pdf] 992KB
- Mythical week activity pack [pdf] 2MB
- Summer Week activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Staying safe in the school holidays activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Zoo Week activity pack [pdf] 4MB
- Learn about zoos [pdf] 242KB
- Treasure Hunt Week activity pack [pdf] 863KB
- Festival Week activity pack [pdf] 794KB
- Friendship Week activity pack [pdf] 976KB
- Beach Week activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- Autumn activity pack [pdf] 3MB
- November activity pack 2020 [pdf] 1MB
- Isolation wellbeing - exercise, nutrition, games, socialising, and weekly routine [pdf] 790KB
- February activity pack 2021 [pdf] 3MB
- YPAG wellbeing pack [pdf] 8MB