Stroud District Youth Council (SDYC) and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were recently reunited, due to previous positive engagement.
SDYC members formed a youth commissioning panel to consider bids to an online counselling service for young people. As a result, members questioned those bidding for the contract, in addition to presiding over presentations on their proposals. Furthermore, from their findings they gave clear recommendations to the commissioning officers present. Also on hand were SDC youth workers to oversee the process.
Issy Llewellyn, SDYC Principal Member for Health and Wellbeing commented; “It was an invaluable experience to work with NHS Gloucestershire CCG again. Much as before, the process was professional and coordinated, allowing us (SDYC members) to voice our opinions clearly. It is great that the voice of young people in Stroud can be taken into account in deciding the best online counselling service for young people of Gloucestershire. Furthermore, we are grateful for the warm welcome and appreciation of our work from NHS CCG Gloucestershire.
Caroline Smith, the CCG’s Senior Manager for Engagement & Inclusion also commented, “Our thanks again go to Stroud District Youth Council. As always, we (as commissioners) were really impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the young people involved. We are very appreciative of the time that they gave to the process.”
Mental health and emotional wellbeing has been long been an issue of concern for service users and commissioners. As a result the five year plan entitled Future In Mind, has seen development to improve such services. Especially relevant has been involvement of young people in the design and commissioning processes.
Most noteworthy, is that SDYC have been at the forefront of such involvement having previously helped the CCG to improve services. Consequently, member representatives have formed a youth commissioning panel for other service provisions too, as well as help design the dedicated website www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk
For more information on SDYC’s work on young peoples health and wellbeing issues, please visit: https://www.stroudyouthvoice.co.uk/about/project-issues-tackled/