Local young people chair NHS event as part of Takeover Day

For this year’s Takeover Day (29 November), two local young people have co-chaired and shared their experiences at a staff conference for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Takeover Day is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England. It offers children and young people the chance to work with adults and get involved in decision-making.

The NHS staff event, which this year focused on the family, saw Rachael Campey talk about her personal experiences and Charlotte Betterbridge who shared a stage with CCG Chief Executive, Tim Ryley. As well as keeping proceedings going smoothly, they also shared their own experiences of difficult times in their lives, and how the support of their family and friends helped them.

Rachael Campey, said: “I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to share my own personal experiences which linked really well into the theme for the day ‘Think Family, Work Family’. I know that Charlotte enjoyed co-chairing the staff conference for the CCG. The day gave us a really useful insight in how some staff conferences are arranged and gave us some valuable experience.”

Tim Ryley, Chief Executive at NHS Leeds CCG, said: “It was great having Charlotte and Rachael at our staff event. The day focussed on ‘Think Family, Work Family’, which explored how we must work with all family members to make helpful and long lasting changes to patient care. We also looked at how we need to work together better and make sure that all the people working with children, young people and adults in a family, plan and co-ordinate their work.

“Charlotte and Rachael were able to link the conference theme to their own personal journeys. They spoke to an audience of over 200 people about the challenges that they’ve overcome and some that they currently still face with great composure. I hope the event gave them confidence in public speaking and helped them see that their stories can have a real impact on how other people think about family, not just their immediate family but their family at work.”

The ‘Think Family, Work Family’ approach has been adopted by partners across the city including the CCG and health providers, West Yorkshire Police, Leeds Children’s Services, and Adults and Health,  Safer Leeds, Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership and Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board. All of these organisations are committed to working together to improve joined up working, the provision of high quality responsive services which meets the needs of children, young people, adults at risk and families.


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Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds CCG. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email us: leedsccg.comms@nhs.net