Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar school pupils guide hospital chiefs

PUBLISHED: 16:44 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:07 24 November 2015

Hospital managers met pupils from Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield  and Potters Bar

Hospital managers met pupils from Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Potters Bar


School pupils from Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar met hospital bosses to discuss how services can be improved for young people.

A group of 39 pupils from Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, Chancellor’s in Brookmans Park, Hatfield’s Onslow St Audrey’s and Sir Frederic Osborn School in Welwyn Garden City met managers at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital on Friday.

They discussed several issues with senior managers, including mental health, waiting areas and catering, as well as how young people can be enticed into NHS careers.

Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “We really enjoyed listening to the school students who came to the Lister today to help us improve the services we provide for young people.

“This is the first time that the hospital has participated in NHS Takeover Day and we are grateful to these young people for the enthusiasm they brought with them – and their practical suggestions on how we can improve our services.”

The trust’s head of engagement David Brewer said: “It is crucial that young people have a say in the way in which hospital services for them are delivered – and it was great to see so many useful ideas being suggested today.

“The trust has a very successful campaign called #TheFutureIsMembership that so far has enabled us to recruit over 1,000 youth members.

“We have been working with our partners to help local young people understand the range of services that we provide and how the young people can influence how decisions are made about local NHS services.”

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