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Shining a light on transitions services

02/03/2019

Young people's transition from children's to adult services could be improved if teaching about transitions was included within all nursing training programmes.

That's just one of the recommendations we are making for how to improve transitions services based on information we have gathered from young people with additional needs in County Durham, and their parents and carers.

Over the last few months, we have met with people with experience of the transitions process at a variety of events and have also used an online survey to gather opinions. We have also spoken to relevant local organisations, including Durham County Carers Support and CAMHS.

The project developed out of a public vote last year when we asked you which areas of health and social care you wanted us to look into and transitions came out as one of the top four priorities.

Two thirds of the people we spoke to who had already transitioned to adult services said they had never met anyone from that service before they moved across. Around half did not have a named person to support them during the transition process and 83% of parents and carers we spoke to said they did not feel supported by professionals during the process.

The final report is now available online and our other recommendations for improvement include:

  • creating a transition coordinator role and a multi-agency steering group to ensure a shared vision for transitions services 
  • young people's transition between services should be personalised and so should be planned by children's and adult services together
  • information about the transition process should be available in a range of accessible formats

We'd like to thank all those who contributed their views and will let you know whenever local commissioners respond to the report.

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