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Illustrated self-care guide for NHS England

Illustrated self-care guide including safety plan templates for young people with complex needs receiving and awaiting NHS support.

Co-produced through virtual workshops with young people sharing lived experience from Peer Power Youth Charity and Barnardos.

This resource is part of the NHS’s long-term integrated care system, improving early intervention for those at risk of entering the welfare, youth justice or mental health inpatient estates by supporting organisations and local councils to work closer together.

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What was our objective?




Young people with complex needs

Are receiving or awaiting NHS support

Support themselves with healthy coping strategies and build a safety plan


Providing an interactive illustrated guide of ways they can help themselves.

What was our process?

NHS visual of before

The original jargon-filled 54 page document about the NHS Framework for Integrated Care.




Peer Power

Young people


We held 3 co-production workshops with young people of lived experience to share ideas, perspectives and shape the content and format together.

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Noting and sketching the illustrated icons to represent the coping strategies.

Developing the stylisation of the guide's illustrations.

Finalising our illustrations to be incorporated into the finished guide.

The Solution


Andrew Nichols-Clarke 

Senior Development Lead, Health and Justice Children Programme, NHS England 

Lizzie has been a pleasure to work with on the project. In terms of initial concept and design she has a real creative flair and has brought something truly unique to the box.

At times, having to take all service user’s feedback, including professionals, services, managers as well as young people has been challenging and the need to update documents multiple times. 

Realising that things in the NHS do change rapidly, Lizzie has been able to remain resilient and work really well independently to get things updated.

Previous project

We wanted to thank Lizzie for all her hard work, dedication and patience on a project which has grown from its initial scope.

The work Lizzie has undertaken will form part of key documentation as part of the delivery of the NHS England Long Term Plan, to support the most complex young people.  It will ensure that young people are involved and understand the services they will be supported by and ensure they are actively involved in their own care.

Lizzie’s flair for creativity has also provided us with some thinking around how some of the resources produced can be shared wider than just within our own programme.

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