youngsters reviewed patient literature and wrote blogs when they were given a first hand look at the workings of the NHS.
Seven pupils from Leeds West Academy School in Bramley worked with the communications team of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge. They also sent out tweets to help with the team’s social media planning.
Pupil Alex Clayton said: “We all really enjoyed the day, and it was interesting to see what happens behind the scenes in the NHS. We felt we made an impact, our ideas and feedback were appreciated and taken into consideration. A highlight for me was seeing our tweets go live and read by hundreds of people.”
Claire Beaumont, from the academy, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for all pupils involved to experience a real-life, busy working environment within a specialist subject area.”
The event was part of the national Takeover Challenge, which encourages organisations across England to open their doors to young people, put them in adult roles and take their views into consideration. Last year, more than 44,000 children and 1,200 organisations took part.
Chloe Thompson, membership and involvement officer at the trust, said, “We were delighted to welcome pupils from the academy to the trust for the day. The group did an exceptional job, getting involved in a range of different aspects of the organisation, bringing enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas.”
The trust also ran a Dementia Friends workshop with pupils from Rodillian Academy, a corporate induction with Wetherby High, and listened to students from Carr Manor about the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).