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Question Time

Forget about Gordon Brown and David Cameron, staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital were subjected to some intense questioning from the Youth Forum in their very own version of Question Time. The Chairman, Chief Executive together with a selection of staff including members of the Executive Team, chaplaincy and clinical staff recently attended a special meeting of the Trust’s Youth Forum in the new Teenage Zone about services for children and young people in the hospital. Director of Children’s Services Martin Hodgson said: “All who attended the meeting found it extremely productive. The young people had prepared very well and asked some very challenging and insightful questions. We have captured all the points raised during the lively discussion and we will use the issues raised to further improve the services we offer to our children and young people. The feedback given by the Youth Forum on the quality of our services is extremely important and I look forward to working with the Forum in the future.” Consultant Endocrinologist Helena Gleeson added: “Listening and responding to the views of young people is key to ensuring that the trust provides a service for all ages, the youth forum has now begun this process.” Members of the Youth Forum asked their own questions but had also gathered queries from other young patients. The young people posed questions about a rage of topics including the entertainment for long term in-patients, assistance for children transferring to the adult division, consent and confidentiality, artwork and the patient journey. Our Trust has an excellent reputation for treating children and young people from across Manchester and beyond. It is important to us that they have a voice in the way the services they use are run and developed. Anyone aged 11 or over can become a member of the Foundation Trust. All they need to do is complete a membership application form, with the permission of their parents or guardians. We also have two youth governors (aged 16-18) on our Council of Governors, nominated from our Youth Forum. If you, your family, friends or colleagues are interested in membership, please contact the Foundation Trust office on (0161) 276 8661 for an application form.