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Transitioning to adult health services

Young People with complex health needs and long term conditions may need continued support from health services once they are 18.

This may mean being seen by a different team, or in a different service or location. Some young people may no longer be eligible for specialist services but will have their health needs managed by their GP.

Planning for this transfer should start in plenty of time to allow young people and their parents to prepare. It should normally start at around age 14 (school year 9). Transition may be planned jointly with other services including education and social care.

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Transition: preparing for using adult health services

This leaflet from the Community Children’s Healthcare Partnership explains what the transition from child health services to adult health services will mean for your child.

Summary of the transition process

This high level pathway summarises the transition process:

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Transitioning to Adult Health Services pathway

This diagram is a high level pathway of a young persons transition from children's health services to adult health services.

Children with Continuing Care support

If your child has a Continuing Care support package, this pathway explains the process of transition to adult Continuing Health Care:

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Children with complex needs: transitioning to adult health services pathway

This diagram outlines the pathway for children with complex health needs aged 14 to transition from childrens health services to adult health services.

See also:

Children with additional needs
NHS continuing healthcare for children
Young peoples emotional health