Me first promotes CYP centred communication in health and social care to ensure children and young people of all ages and abilities are involved in conversations about their healthcare. We have worked in partnership with children, young people to co-develop:
- The Me first communication model, provides a practical framework to support children and young people centred conversations in healthcare. We believe this is the first healthcare communication model of its kind, designed for and with children and young people.
- A suite of practical tips provides advice for how to communicate with specific ages of children and young people as well as those with communication impairments or learning disabilities.
- The Me first masterclasses, which are co-delivered with young people, support healthcare professionals to apply the Me first communication model to their practice. The training builds on attendee’s existing skills and expertise, and utilises quality improvement techniques to enable healthcare staff to embed learning in their clinical practice.
- The Me first website contains an interactive communication model to enable healthcare professionals to build their own conversations and apply the model to their practice; a resource hub, which enables users to share tools, projects, and ideas from throughout the UK; and practical advice and tips from children, young people, and healthcare professionals about how to put the model into practice.