What is healthcare transition?
Transition is the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services. Transition is a gradual process of change which gives everyone time to ensure that you and your family are prepared and feel ready to make the move to adult health care.
Some young people may be discharged to their GP rather than transfer to adult services. We may still complete transition documentation with you, to build your skills and knowledge to confidently manage your own healthcare and ensure you have the information you need before you are discharged to the care of your GP.
Young people with complex needs are likely to experience various transitions including education, therapies, community nursing and social care, as well as medical care.
What’s the difference between transition and transfer?
You might hear your doctors and nurses refer to the term ‘transfer’ as well as transition. We use the word ‘transition’ to describe the process of planning and moving on from a children’s service to an adult service. Transfer refers to the physical process of transferring your care to a doctor within adult services.
When will the transition process start?
The preparation process will start between the ages of 12-14 years old according to which service you are under and individual needs.
When will the transfer to adult services happen?
The age you transfer to adult services varies according to which service you are under and your needs. Discussions about the age you will transfer should start in your outpatient clinic appointments when you are around 14-years-old, so that you know what the future plan will be. You do not need to wait for the doctor to bring it up, we encourage you to ask the question too!
You will receive help whilst you are preparing for the transfer to adult services. Here’s some information about how your current service and healthcare professionals will do this.
There are a number of things you can ask your healthcare team about your transition.
- What is the plan for my transition?
- Will I be discharged to my GP or transferred to adult services?
- When am I moving to adult services?
- Can I choose which adult service I move to?
- What is different about the adult service?
- Can I meet the adult staff before I leave children’s services?
- Are there any young people I can talk to about moving to adult services?
- What do I need to know before I move to the adult service?
- When can I start getting more involved in my health care?
- How will my condition affect my future, such as my education and employment prospects?
If you have any questions about your transition from children’s to adult services, please contact:
Transition Key Worker