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Young People's Health - a Bolton School partnership

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

It is said that wherever you are in the world there will be a former Bolton School pupil in the vicinity – and Old Girl Dr Nicola Celino (née Gray, 1980-1987) experienced just such a coincidence!  She reports as follows:

"At the US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine conference in New Orleans in 2012, I was approached by a young man at the International Members’ Dinner.  He looked at me quizzically and asked where I came from.  I knew he was another Brit as soon as he opened his mouth, but it turned out that it was my accent that he recognised.  We did a quick swap of life stories and we found that we had been to Bolton School around the same time, then both went to Manchester University (he for medicine, me for pharmacy), and that we had also worked at the University of Nottingham at the same time.  But we had to go to New Orleans to actually meet!

"Our common interest is young people’s health.  Dr Damian Wood (1983-1990) is the convenor of the Young People’s Health Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (usually shortened to RCPCH YPHSIG), and I am a trustee of the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH).  In fact, Old Girls and Old Boys who were at Bolton School in 2001 may remember a strange woman taking over one of their classes to ask them how they looked for health information on the Internet (and, indeed, if they did at all).  Many, many thanks to those of you who helped me with that work.  It was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine (no names mentioned, of course!) and still gets referenced regularly.

"Damian and I were both speakers at the RCPCH conference in Birmingham in April this year.  Young people have different health needs from both children and adults, and there is a small but determined group of health professionals across disciplines trying to find out what young people want and need.  We are always pleased to hear from like-minded people, so if you have an interest in this area please get involved."

Further information is available at: www.youngpeopleshealth.org.uk and at: www.yphsig.org.uk.

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Nicola and Damian at the RCPCH conference in Birmingham

Nicola and Damian at the RCPCH conference in Birmingham