Two young people who have been supported by CLIC Sargent, Ethan McLaughlin and Brad Gudger, have been selected to join the NHS Youth Forum.
Both Ethan and Brad are members of CLIC Sargent's Young People's Reference Group (YPRG) and have been supported by the charity throughout their cancer treatment.
The forum brings together a diverse range of young people aged 14-25 who can use their own perspectives and experiences of healthcare services to highlight good practice and develop suggestions for improvement in areas which may need it.
It is made up of 25 young people from all over the country, who have a passion for improving health services for young people.
Ethan and Brad will start their membership with a residential in October and over the year will work with NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health to improve the services for young people.
A fantastic opportunity
Ethan said: “This role is a fantastic opportunity to really be a voice for other young people, particularly in relation to cancer patients, but not exclusive to that, who previously felt like they have no way have their voices heard on how the NHS should serve them."
Brad said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our experiences and contribute to the NHS, but also represent other young people with experience of cancer and the health service.”
Rebecca Horder, CLIC Sargent's Participation lead for young people, said: "Congratulations to Ethan and Brad from everyone at CLIC Sargent. You’ve made such a difference as part of our YPRG through contributing to the charity’s policy and influencing work, helping to develop future services for young people, and strengthening the charity’s commitment to placing young voices at the heart of our decision-making through the appointment of two young trustees with lived experience of cancer.
"Being part of the NHS Youth Forum will give you an invaluable opportunity to have a voice at a senior decision-making level in order to improve healthcare for young people."
Find out more
To find out more about the NHS Youth Forum, please visit the official website. To find out more about how CLIC Sargent involves young people in our work, please email email@example.com.