Young People's Forum (YPF)

Get involved and help us improve Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for teenagers by joining our Young People's Forum (YPF).

Hello!
 
We are the Young People’s Forum, representing patients aged 10 to 21 in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 
 
We have a strong voice in helping to improve the experiences of teenage patients who are treated by GOSH. We get to voice our opinions and make suggestions on a range of topics and issues. We use our own experiences to guide and support the hospital.
 
The forum was created to make sure that GOSH isn’t just seen as a ‘Children’s Hospital’ – young people need to be represented too, and that’s why the Young People’s Forum is so important!

What we do

We meet six times a year to discuss what we think the hospital should be taking action on, what they are doing well, and get updates on how our views and opinions have impacted care and services.
 
To keep in touch with one another we use social media to talk about current issues and offer advice to GOSH from a young person’s perspective. There’s always organise lots of other opportunities and events between group meetings.
 
Some of the projects we have been involved with include: 
  • Participating in takeover week
  • Re-inventing the GOSH food menu
  • Helping redevelopment include young people’s views in their latest designs.
  • Getting involved with recruitment and having young people sit on interview panels.
  • We also have members trained to take part in hospital inspections.
Meetings are as much about us learning new skills as well as facts and information about the hospital.
 
See what we’ve got up to by reading our meeting minutes, see below. 

Why become a member?

Hear from our members on why they joined:

Hi everyone, I'm Al. I have been a patient at GOSH since I was nine. Ever since I was a young child I have experienced repetitive physical pain in my joint without knowing what it was. For years this made me feel left out and anxious but then I discovered the YPF. YPF members are so friendly and welcoming, after my first meeting I felt like I'd known them forever!

Hello, I'm Charlotte. I am 14 and have been a patient at GOSH since I was nine so the hospital means a great deal to me. I have made a lot of friends at YPF. It is amazing to see our voices heard to make the hospital a better place.

Muskaan says: I want to be able to improve the life for other patients

Grace says: I love that YPF gives us the opportunity to speak directly to many professionals within the hospital and we have a say in the decisions around the hospital.

As a YPF member you'll have lots of opportunities to learn, and be recognised for your contribution to the YPF and GOSH. Our members can include YPF activities on their curriculum vitae (CV) or university applications. You'll build lots of new skills such as how to speak with decision makers and interviewing skills.

How do I join?

To find out more, or to join, email us with:  

  • your name
  • your age
  • whether you're a current patient or sibling of a current patient
  • where you're based
  • any specific areas that interest you or ways you'd like to be involved.