The head of the NHS has encouraged teenagers and young adults to help out in hospitals.

Simon Stevens called for a ‘new generation’ of volunteers step forward, pointing out that some roles would undoubtedly lead to future health service careers.

He said volunteering was particularly beneficial for younger age groups in building their self-confidence and giving them invaluable life-skills.

Mr Stevens was speaking ahead of an NHS ‘youth summit’, to be held in Central London on Tuesday, where 166 young volunteers will discuss how to improve health care for young people.

They are aged between 14 and 24 and either volunteer directly in their local hospital or help advise how they should run.

Mr Stevens went on to praise the Daily Mail’s hospital volunteer campaign which ran in December and led to an incredible 33,000 readers pledging their time.

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