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National prize for our work with young people

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Well done to the CCG's Engagement Team, who were finalists in two categories in the Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) on Tuesday 21 March.

They were runners-up in the Commissioning for Patient Experience award for their work in Championing the Voice of Children and Young People, as well as being finalists in the Championing the Public category.

Although they were not outright winners, taking second place was a fantastic achievement and brought national recognition to the CCG's commitment to innovative and successful engagement with local people.

Head of Membership, Engagement and Equalities Rosemary Watts said: "We are proud of the work we have done with young people in Southwark and I am very pleased that we have had this opportunity to show-case our activities with others. The PENNA ceremony on 21 March was a great event and I would like to thank everyone who supported us to be part of it."

The team's award-winning entry focused on a programme of work to engage children and young people in helping to identify health issues and solutions that are important to young people, to inform how we develop and design services.  This programme was an excellent example of working across boundaries both within and outside the CCG as it involved the CCG engagement and commissioning teams, the Youth Council and Healthwatch Southwark.   Activities included:

  • a pop-up grafitti wall on International Youth Day
  • working with the Youth Council to develop a survey for young people in their language, which received 128 responses
  • round table discussions and text polling at Early Years Providers conferences
  • running a focus group with Stand up Southwark to engage vulnerable young people
  • working with Healthwatch Southwark, the London Bubble Theatre company and Infecta spoken word artist  to put on a  My Voice Counts workshop, for 16 to 20 year-olds
  • working with the National Citizen Service programme to raise awareness of mental health, sexual health and other services in Southwark

For more information about the CCG's engagement work with young people, click here.