This blog is an effort to try to bring to people’s attention issues that are important to the Me first team in relation to communication with children and young people. I really hope that you are interested and inspired by some of the writing. And perhaps you would like to contribute, if you do please get in touch with us at [email protected].

What to do when a parent wants to withhold information from a child or young person (CYP) about their health or care

10th January 2018

This complex topic often comes up in our Me first masterclasses as an issue that health and social care professionals find challenging so we chose it as the topic for our December Twitter Chat. By coincidence the topic came up as a key theme discussed and acted out in a scenario at one of our masterclasses…

Me first at R.A.D.A

27th November 2017

The Me first team strive to improve the quality of training that it delivers, to develop as individuals and to further solidify the bond within our team.  Having had recently been awarded money from Health Education England, to be used for professional development, the Me first team headed to St. Andrew’s at Holborn (a 13th century…

Me first attends #NHSCYPMeetup

22nd November 2017

On 15th October, Kate Martin, Me first Project Lead (Common Room), and James William Reid, Me first Project Developer, facilitated a session at the inaugural NHS Youth Forum Big Meetup – hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.    The event bought together youth forums from across the country, all under one roof, to…

Using the 3×3 technique to help young people struggling with anxiety

11th September 2017

A part of my role within CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) is to meet with young people to discuss their care and to work with them to make treatment plans. I am there for them to think through their worries and often act as an advocate for the young person in meetings. I…

Patient Experience Network National Awards 2016

31st August 2017

Having been the overall winner at the 2015 Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) as well as winning the Personalisation of Care category and coming runner up in the Communicating Effectively category, Me first were invited to give the Key Note address at the 2016 awards. I would like to share our experience of the…

Me first: CYP Centred conversations about safeguarding concerns

28th June 2017

Me first is being funded by NHS England to develop a new set of resources to support health and care professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate with children and young people when they have concerns about safeguarding, child sexual exploitation or other issues that may be affecting their safety, welfare or…

Communicating with children and young people who have severe learning difficulties

26th May 2017

Communicating with children and young people who have a severe learning disability can be extremely challenging, especially when trying to involve them in choices and decisions about their health or social care. The Me first principles of child and young person centred communication apply to most situations involving a child or young person, regardless of…

January #CYPMefirst Twitter chat report

30th March 2017

Chat date and time: Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017 Time: 8-9pm   Focus of the Twitter chat: – Our third Me first Twitter chat – still building our followers and chat participants – Focus is to discuss why we need CYP-centred conversations in health care. – It is also to raise awareness and to get…

Setting and Achieving Goals

27th February 2017

For me, using goals is not only motivational but also puts things into a realistic order; something I can sometimes struggle to do when my pain or mind don’t allow me to think in order. I myself struggle with chronic illness physically, and also mental health issues. In both therapies for these conditions, goals have…

Our second #CYPMefirst Twitter chat

23rd January 2017

We had our second Twitter chat on November 28th 2016 from 8 – 9 pm and the evening was a great success. The main aim of the twitter chat was to talk about communicating with children and young people with learning disabilities or communication impairments. The team members that took part had a fantastic time and the…

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