Hull Children's University and CCG - new health and education partnership invests in Hull’s young people


NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is to invest in supporting Hull Children’s University to help improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for young people in the city.

Hull Children’s University will receive £375,000 over three years to deliver the unique ‘Pathway to Learning’ programme, aimed at giving some of Hull’s disadvantaged young people access to new learning experiences and  health activities.

The exciting landmark partnership will allow Hull Children’s University to expand its activities and target more schools, special schools and pupil referral units in the city over the next three years. Hull Children’s University will engage with up to 6,000 young people between the age of 7-14 each year, providing them with the opportunity to participate in one or more of the concepts of the ‘Pathway to Learning’ programme.

The ‘Pathway to Learning’ programme has six core concepts based on current and emerging health, education and social themes:
• I am intelligent
• I am fit
• I am healthy
• I am ambitious
• I am proud of my city
• I am looking to the future
Hull Children’s University links in with schools, local communities and local businesses to deliver the programme. Modules are delivered by tutors and volunteer mentors in a diverse range of settings help to develop self esteem, build self confidence and communication skills and promote the importance of leading a more healthy and active life.

Dr Dan Roper, local GP and NHS Hull CCG lead for Partnerships, including children and young people, said:

“Hull Children’s University is an inspiring organisation and, as a group of clinicians, we are delighted to use their experience and insight to help achieve our vision of Creating a Healthier Hull. 

“Our Commissioning Plan includes a pledge to focus efforts and resources on helping children and young people lead a healthier lifestyle that will follow them through to adulthood. 

“If children are physically and mentally well they are more likely to achieve their full potential in school, and the Children’s University has 14 years experience in transforming lives with learning programmes designed around bringing out the very best in young people.”

Dr John Buttrick, Director of Hull Children’s University, said:

“The Hull Children’s University team is incredibly excited about working in partnership with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group in our joint vision of creating a healthier Hull.

“Our holistic learning programme is based upon six well researched concepts, all related to the health, social, emotional and educational development of young people.

“It’s a partnership made in heaven as far as I’m concerned because our respective philosophies are so well aligned. Whether it is the mental, physical, nutritional, motivational, or aspirational support and guidance we provide, both organisations firmly believe that exercise, diet, positive mindset and ambitions for the future lead to an enriched and more fulfilled life.

“We want our young people to be happy in mind, body and spirit and what could be better organisation to work with than Hull CCG. I’m sure that the CCG’s input and advice, together with our team offering sports science knowledge, teaching and learning strategies in a wide range of activities will help us to make Hull’s young people much more healthy, and so get more out of life.”

Note to editors:

• NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is clinically led organisation with a membership comprising local GP practices.  The CCG will replace NHS Hull, the outgoing Primary Care Trust and will have a budget of around £362m as it takes over the planning and commissioning of health and care services for the people of Hull from April 2013 onwards.

• For further background information on Hull Children’s University please visit

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