In healthcare, we use the word transition to describe the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services.
The transfer of health care for children and young people into adult services can often be difficult. In many cases, the health needs of young people will have been met by the same people who have looked after them for as long as the child or young person can remember.
As they reach adulthood they ‘transition’ to an adult healthcare environment they may be faced with having to consult with several different health teams, therapy teams and adult social care services. This transitional time can often be hard for those living it especially as the more complex the needs of the child or young person, the more complex the transfer of care can be.