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Youth Council to take over Trust for the day
20/11/2014

Members of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's Youth Council will be shadowing three of the Trust's directors for Takeover Day on 21 November.

The young people from Norfolk and Suffolk signed up for the opportunity to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making.

Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day is a national event held every year that involves partners from the public and private sector.

A number of Trust Youth Councillors will shadow Chief Executive Michael Scott, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety Jane Sayer, and Director of Operations (Norfolk) Debbie White.

Vikki Versey will gain an insight into the day in the life of a chief executive when she accompanies Michael Scott to meetings with Clinical Commissioning Groups, Mind and other organisations in Suffolk.

In Norfolk, Joshua Settle and Katie Davies will join Debbie White and Jane Sayer to learn more about the services the Trust offers and the decisions that need to be made to ensure these are safe and effective.

Katie, who has been a member of the Youth Council for two years, is looking forward to spending time with Jane Sayer.

"I have experienced some of the Trust's services - and the great work the staff does has inspired me to become a mental health nurse,” said Katie. "Spending a day with the director of nursing will provide me with an amazing chance to see the work the trust’s nurses do and the challenges they face."

Jane Sayer said: "I am delighted that Katie wants to become a nurse and I hope experiencing 'a day in my life' will give her a really interesting background before she starts her training."

As well as shadowing directors, members of the Youth Council will also be taking over the Trust's Youth Service Twitter account (@youth_NSFT) and visiting the Trust's youth services in Great Yarmouth.