"Identifying the challenges facing young people who have additional needs and who live in Blackpool."

A collaboration between Highfurlong School and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 Following a whole school consultation event in June 2013, around access to Health Services, Highfurlong students were asked to extend the project which initially was entitled "You're Welcome". A group of Key Stage 5 students worked in partnership with the N.H.S. Blackpool Victoria Teaching Hospitals Trust. Students visited The Children’s Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Outpatients, Bloomfield Surgery and Mountview Practice in Fleetwood. The group had a wide range of responsibilities during the project including producing and completing accessibility studies, investigating the suitability of the environment and facilities for young people in the age range 16-25 years. In addition the students produced Top Tip cards for GPs and surgeries and are currently preparing a training resource pack and materials to raise awareness of disability within NHS venues.

The students presented their findings and ideas following this extended project, now renamed "We Are Welcome" to the Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Commissioners and also representatives from Education, Social Care and Health were in attendance.

Additional Resources

We have provided a wide range of top tip cards in order for them to be personalised to meet the individual patients needs.

Top tips Cards Set 1.pdf

Top Tips Cards Set 2.pdf

Feedback from NHS

Feedback to young people.pptx

Action Plan.docx

A workshop session following the presentation produced plans to make changes to improve independence, access and provision for the age group 16 -25 years, in line with SEND reforms. The group have had a request to provide training opportunities to raise disability awareness with staff at Mountview Practice in Fleetwood.

We are extremely proud of the achievements of our students and recognise this type of collaboration is essential to facilitate positive change to improve and support the life chances of young people who have additional needs.

Take Over Day

KS5 students take part in activities at Blackpool Victoria Hospital during the Take Over Week, these include meeting and greeting with the navigators and Disability Awareness Training sessions delivered by our students.





Wooden Spoon

Mrs Sycamore, Mrs Martin and two students were invited to a Wooden Spoon event at the DeVere Hotel Blackpool, we thanked the Charity for their support in funding our outdoor play area. There were over 400 guests in the audience who enjoyed watching the film of the opening day event before Mrs Sycamore said her thanks and included the pupils who said how pleased they were with our fabulous resource.



Community Involvement

Key Stage 5 students work alongside Blackpool Sixth Form students to ensure our environment is free from litter. The group work as a team to improve the surroundings for the whole community.