The Children and Young People’s Takeover Challenge 2018

Scientist in lab

CLOSED: From 19–23 November, children and young people will be given the chance to find out more about how the hospital and our research labs run ‘behind the scenes’ as part of the national Takeover Challenge.

Takeover Challenge is a scheme set up by the Children’s Commissioner and puts children and young people into real-life, decision-making positions. Children and young people gain a valuable insight and experience of a workplace, while organisations benefit from a fresh perspective on their work.

This year is the third time that Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) will take part in the Takeover Challenge. We have provided a range of opportunities over the past two years – from being Chief Executive for the day to managing the floors, HR Director to Health and Safety Manager. 

The Patient and Public Involvement Research Lead is working closely with the GOSH Patient Experience team to offer more lab and research-focussed opportunities this year. There were several research opportunities last year with the Ophthalmology, Gene and Cellular Therapies and the Psychological Medicine Research teams. These sessions were really popular last year, but were oversubscribed (it was fantastic that so many young people are interested in STEM!).

Takeover is a great opportunity to develop your skills in patient and public engagement, and will allow you to highlight your pioneering research to a young audience, many of whom have an interest in pursuing careers in medicine, science and research.

The deadline for submissions of interest is 20 September. You can sign up for a whole day or a few hours and full support to coordinate the Takeover will be given. To find out more and for help with your planning please contact: Deirdre Leyden, Patient and Public Involvement Research Lead, 

For further information on whats been happening, please go to the GOSH Takeover Challenge Page