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University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust Wants Young People Have Say Its Hospitals

4 December 2008

 With help of funding from the Grand Appeal charity, UH Bristol has employed its first Young Persons Involvement Worker to work with  young people and encourage their active participation  in the Trust.

Cathy Gane started in October and is working closely with the Women and Childrens Division and young members of the Foundation Trust to get youngsters involved with UH Bristol.

Cathy will be out and about meeting as many young people as she can in the childrens hospital.

An all-day interactive event will be held in January 2009 for all junior members of the Foundation Trust. Here they will be able to talk about what they want from the hospital and begin forming a Youth Council that will enable their views to be represented at Board level.

Cathy used to work for the South Gloucester Council Youth Forum tackling difficult projects such as Sex and Relationship-Education. She said: It is an exciting new role, as I am the first person to take on the role this is a great opportunity to really make a difference! I am really looking forward to getting the children involved and I think its great the Trust are really interested what they have to say.

Geraldine Johnston, Divisional Manager for the Childrens Hospital said I am delighted that Cathy has joined us, it is so important to involve and engage children and young people in service planning and development. This is a really exciting initiative that enables children and young people to make a difference to their healthcare experience.

As a Foundation Trust, UH Bristol is accountable to the local community, with nearly 9,000 public and patient members the Trust has come a long way in getting local people involved in decision making; however more members are always needed, especially young members. Membership is free, potential members can find more information at or email