A GROUP of inspirational Fylde coast youngsters have won a top honour to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

To celebrate the NHS’s big day MPs from around England were encouraged to nominate people or organisations in their constituencies who had
made innovations or provided high quality care.

Paul Maynard MP nominated the Victoria’s Voice Youth Panel run by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and he was delighted to
see they beat off strong national competition to win the Patient and Public Involvement Award.

Victoria’s Voice, run by Rebecca Booth, the Trust’s Paediatric Patient Experience Officer, is a group of young patients at Blackpool Hospital who work in partnership with staff to improve healthcare services for young patients.

They support the training of young doctors, are involved in staff recruitment and develop young person-friendly resources by using their own
experiences to make a positive difference for others like them.

The group was nominated in recognition of its ongoing involvement, making real changes to continuously improve healthcare for children and
young people both locally and nationally.

Mr Maynard said: “It was an honour to nominate the Victoria’s Voice Youth Forum for their outstanding work and I am delighted they have
won this prestigious award.

“For young people to come together and take such an active interest and work together so positively sets a wonderful example and I hope
the contribution they are making for patients in Blackpool will be repeated elsewhere.

“These awards really do represent the best of what is happening in our NHS and for Blackpool to be among the winners is truly testament to our
community. I congratulate all those involved in the Victoria’s Voice forum.”

Wendy Swift, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for the group
and the Trust and we would like to thank Paul Maynard for nominating them.

“The work Victoria’s Voice does to engage young people to improve the care we give to their peers is outstanding and we would like to thank every
member of the group for their fantastic input.’’

From more than 750 entries submitted over 10 categories, senior experts chose 10 outstanding winners, which “exemplify the best of what the
NHS and its partners do day in, day out”, NHS England said.

Source: Health Matters Issue 170