NHS Youth Forum – Health Inequality Research

We are the NHS Youth Forum, a group of 25 young people from across the country that work with NHS England as well as a range of stakeholders including Public Health England, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Department for Health to provide them with feedback and develop strategies that will allow young people to have a more positive experience with all aspects of healthcare. You can find more information about the NHS Youth Forum by clicking on the following link; https://www.byc.org.uk/uk/nhs-youth-forum

Our group is focussing on the health inequalities faced by the minority ethnic communities in England and the role of Medical Students in reducing this inequality. We have decided to research into the Medical School curriculum and explore the relationship between medical education and how they affect and prevent inequalities for minority ethnic communities . We have developed a survey that asks medical students’ opinion on the current quality of teaching around health inequality and how this may affect their confidence as a clinician and how it affects the health inequalities facing patients on a national level. The survey will examine knowledge of the cultural aspect as well as the pathology of minority ethnic communities.

 To ensure a valid result and we have an accurate representation, we have decided to send out a survey to every medical school in England via their medical societies (where possible) and administration offices. We kindly ask if you could distribute the survey to the following students:

• All students taking a Foundation Year or Year 0 before starting the Medicine course.

• All undergraduate students in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 of the Medicine course, including intercalating students.

• All undergraduate students in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 of the medicine course.

• All medical students that entered the course via a postgraduate pathway


We are also consulting Youth Forums in NHS Trusts across England in order to gain insight how this is affecting young people day to day and gaining their opinion of the project. 

The results of this survey will be collated and presented to stakeholders in medical education including the General Medical Council, the Medical Schools Council, NHS Leaders and members of the royal collages (the final attendee list has not been decided)  in a roundtable discussion. The aim of the roundtable will be to show the data we have collected through the survey and discussion with young people. We will also examine how changes in the education of medical students could reduce this inequality. We will also share our findings with every medical school involved; if requested we can also share the findings for just your medical school.

We are extremely grateful for your participation and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions please email NHSYF.Inequalities@gmail.com

Many Thanks

The NHS Youth Forum Health Inequalities Group