The findings of this evaluation clearly show that all three services (nurse-led sexual health provision, Pulse Innov8, and YMHWS) are highly valued by young people, and in many cases, appear to have had a considerable impact in terms of improved health and social outcomes with changes evident through young people’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.
For many young people, the three services have increased confidence, esteem, skills, knowledge, and impacted positively on (health and social) behaviours, for example in relation to anger management, physical activity, diet, and substance misuse. For other young people, the impacts of the services have been no less than life-changing.
Careful consideration therefore should be given to the potential impacts on young people of reductions in service provision (e.g. decommissioning of the YMHWS and nurse-led provision, and reduction of Pulse Innov8 staff and services), and where possible, decommissioned services should be reinstated.