Me first

Me first is an education and training resource that helps health and social care professionals to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in communicating with children and young people. It does this by encouraging a child-centric mentality in staff, and by providing tools and advice to support this.

Great Ormond Street Hospital and Common Room Consulting have developed Me first in partnership with health and social care professionals and children and young people.

Me first aims to:

– Promote the use of the Me first communication model, tools and approaches to support communication with children and young people

– Increase health and social care professionals’ knowledge of the barriers and challenges to communicating with children and young people, build on their existing skills, and increase their confidence through Me first training

– Collect and grow a hub of resources to share ideas and expertise in communicating with children and young people

– Ensure sustainability by offering a Train the trainer course and a establishing a network of Me first Communications Champions 


Patient Experience Network (PEN) 2015 National Awards: Overall Winner, Personalisation of Care award winner and runner up in Communicating Effectively with Patients and Families category

HENCEL (Health Education England North Central and East London) 2015 Quality Awards: Me first was highly commended in the Patient and Carer Centred Education category

HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards 2016 : Finalist in ‘Improving Outcomes through Learning and Development’ category

CYP Now Awards 2016: Finalist in the ‘Recruitment and Professional Development’ category

Nursing Times Awards 2016: Finalist in ‘Team of the Year’ category

London Leadership Academy Recognition Awards 2017: Finalist in ‘Team Outstanding achievement: Non-clinical’ category


Produced by: Common Room Consulting and Great Ormond Street Hospital

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In partnership with: Health Education England

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With thanks to: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Young Peoples Advisory Group (YPAG), Common Room Consulting Young Advisors, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Dr Cathy Street & Associates, Evidence Based Practice Unit (University College London and the Anna Freud Centre), and Nutshell Communications.

Endorsed by:

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