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'Rob Young gives a voice to the voiceless'

Rob Young has spent the past 8 years helping NHS and Social Care leaders to communicate in a way that is warm, welcoming and accessible to all.

He has worked with every stratum of society from heart surgeons to the homeless, terminally ill lung patients to young Cancer survivors.


Rob was part of the Heart n Soul / Wellcome Trust team who won the Inaugural Calouste Gulbenkian award in 2021, for a project in which Disabled people led their own research. It won first prize in a competitive field of over 260 major arts organisations and charities.

Rob was the Inaugural Patron of the first arts festival in England to be run by an NHS Trust. The Love Arts (mental health and wellbeing) Festival featured over 100 artists, working with companies such as John Lewis, Opera North and Leeds Grand Theatre.

Rob has been a Faculty Associate at NHS Research & Development North West since 2015, part of the team who won the coveted NWC Award for ‘Most Innovative NHS Team’. Rob also gives regular communication workshops for other healthcare entities such as AQuA (now in its tenth Cohort).

Rob was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Researcher Magazine, an NHS publication read in 54 countries. He co-wrote a series of wellbeing guides for the Elizabeth Casson Trust with Dr Lynne Goodacre and is currently writing their diversity guide. He is co-author of various academic reports.

Rob has helped academics, clinicians and AHP’s communicate on a wide range of issues from arthritis to obesity, Cancer to cleft palates. He has researched ‘sex and disability’ for Channel 4 and 18th century surgery for the BBC. Rob’s play about Proteus syndrome, sold out the Young Vic theatre for the entire duration of its run.

Rob was a core team member of the Failure research project at the University of Lancaster. He spent four years working on a project to help children with chronic, complex pain with Professor Bernie Carter of Edge Hill University and is a member of the Somatic Practice and Chronic Pain Network. He is currently Community Support Administrator at Lapidus, a writing for wellbeing charity.

Rob is currently working on two commissions for the University of Chester, one (to embed nurses' voices into a seven 'story' building, was recently featured in the Nursing Times magazine.


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