Transitions from paediatric (children’s) to adult health services

This consultation has now closed.

Overview

The council works in partnership with the Barnet CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group which is responsible for planning and buying NHS health care across Barnet). As part of this planning we are currently looking at how the experience of moving from paediatric services (children’s health services) to adult health services can be improved for young people. This move is referred to as ‘transitioning’.

The services involved might be mental health services, continuing care team, the care of a paediatrician or other specialist health services. We know that moving away from health professionals that young people have been with for many years can be daunting and we want to ensure this is a positive experience.


How are we consulting

We have already held targeted group discussions with parents and young people which have enabled us to make improvements to the way professionals work together through the ‘transition’ period. We are currently consulting with our service users and their parents or carers through a questionnaire to find out how we can improve the information received about transition from paediatric to adult health services. The consultation is relevant for those approaching transition as well as those who have already transitioned to adult health services.

How to give your views

Young people or their parents or carers who are currently going through, or have experience of, ‘transition’ from paediatric to adult health services are being invited to give their views by completing a questionnaire. If you have not been contacted and are directly affected, then please email or write to us, using the contact details below:

The responses will be used to inform a review of transitions in health services and improve the information provided on transitions for young people and their families. We will feedback how we are acting on the results on this website.

Overview

The council works in partnership with the Barnet CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group which is responsible for planning and buying NHS health care across Barnet). As part of this planning we are currently looking at how the experience of moving from paediatric services (children’s health services) to adult health services can be improved for young people. This move is referred to as ‘transitioning’.

The services involved might be mental health services, continuing care team, the care of a paediatrician or other specialist health services. We know that moving away from health professionals that young people have been with for many years can be daunting and we want to ensure this is a positive experience.


How are we consulting

We have already held targeted group discussions with parents and young people which have enabled us to make improvements to the way professionals work together through the ‘transition’ period. We are currently consulting with our service users and their parents or carers through a questionnaire to find out how we can improve the information received about transition from paediatric to adult health services. The consultation is relevant for those approaching transition as well as those who have already transitioned to adult health services.

How to give your views

Young people or their parents or carers who are currently going through, or have experience of, ‘transition’ from paediatric to adult health services are being invited to give their views by completing a questionnaire. If you have not been contacted and are directly affected, then please email or write to us, using the contact details below:

The responses will be used to inform a review of transitions in health services and improve the information provided on transitions for young people and their families. We will feedback how we are acting on the results on this website.

This consultation has now closed.
  • We Asked, You Said, We Did

    8 months ago

    We asked

    We asked for your views on transitions from children’s to adult health services, including the information you receive about transition and what matters to you in ensuring a good transition.

    The questionnaire ran from the 3rd August – 9th September 2018 with an online questionnaire (anonymous responses) targeted to young people who were approaching or recently gone through transition and their parents/carers. In addition to the questionnaire, two focus group events were held with parents and a young person to discuss transitions, as well as a session at the Barnet Development Team Youth group with young...

    We asked

    We asked for your views on transitions from children’s to adult health services, including the information you receive about transition and what matters to you in ensuring a good transition.

    The questionnaire ran from the 3rd August – 9th September 2018 with an online questionnaire (anonymous responses) targeted to young people who were approaching or recently gone through transition and their parents/carers. In addition to the questionnaire, two focus group events were held with parents and a young person to discuss transitions, as well as a session at the Barnet Development Team Youth group with young people on information around transitions.


    You said

    20 responses were received to the questionnaire. Some of the key findings were:

    · 50% of respondents strongly disagreed that they/ their child received adequate information about transition to adult health services

    · 33% of respondents strongly disagreed that they were clear when they/their child would leave paediatric services

    · 75% thought age 14-16 was the right time to receive information about transition

    · The top two answers to where respondents would look for information about transitions were don’t know/not sure and their current paediatric healthcare professional.

    · 69% rated having a professional who leads on transition who you can contact with any questions as one of the two most important factors.

    Please read the full findings in this report.

    We did

    The responses will be used to inform ongoing actions relating to transitions in health services that are being discussed at a senior level in the Clinical Commissioning Group. These actions and recommendations include:

    · Improving process for internal transitions tracking, with a group with representation from health, social care and education, both children’s and adult services to ensure best practice is adhered to in transition and resolve complex cases.

    · Improving links between Paediatricians and GPs in transition and the role of GPs in transition, including work to increase uptake of annual health checks for people with learning disabilities over the age of 14.

    · Embedding transitions into the commissioning cycle of new services, ensuring that providers have a transition policy and address transitions with young people receiving their service.

    · The Local Offer and Preparing for Adulthood protocol are also being updated with more information about transitions. https://www.barnetlocaloffer.org.uk/