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Children and Young People: Transition to Adult Services

Transition is the purposeful planned movement of young adults with chronic conditions from child-centred to adult-orientated health care systems. This guide has information resources about transition to adult services including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 11/12/2018

Key resources

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2016) Transition from children’s to adults’ services for young people using health or social care services: NICE guideline NG43, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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Royal College of Nursing (2013) Adolescent transition care: guidance for nursing staff (2nd edition), RCN, London. Royal College of Nursing (2013) Adolescent transition care: guidance for nursing staff (2nd edition), London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2013) Lost in transition: moving young people between child and adult health services, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2013) Lost in transition: moving young people between child and adult health services, London: RCN.
Campbell F, Biggs K, Aldiss SK, O'Neill PM, Clowes M, McDonagh J, While A and Gibson F (2016) Transition of care for adolescents from paediatric services to adult health services, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4.
  • Systematic review evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the transition of care for adolescents from paediatric to adult health services.
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Chambers L (2015) Stepping up: a guide to enabling a good transition to adulthood for young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, Bristol: Together For Short Lives.
Queen's Nursing Institute (2017) Transition from children's to adult community services: learning resource, London: QNI.
  • This online learning resource aims to improve the experience of a young person transitioning from children’s to adult community services by supporting community and primary care professionals.
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Together for Short Lives (2016) Moving to adult services: what to expect. a guide for young people with life-threatening conditions making the transition to adult services, Together For Short Lives, Bristol.
Care Quality Commission (2014) From the pond into the sea: children's transition to adult health services, Gallowgate: CQC.
Helen & Douglas House (2014): Transition and beyond toolkit, Oxford: Helen & Douglas House.
  • The purpose of this toolkit is to equip clinical staff with an understanding of the process of transition for young people with life-limiting illnesses.
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Young Minds (no date) Young people's guide to transition, London: Young Minds.
  • Transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Information aimed at the young person.
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We would like to thank the RCN CYP Continuing & Community Care community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Hughes J and Lackenby N (2015) Achieving successful transitions for young people with disabilities: a practical guide, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Hughes J and Lackenby N (2015) Achieving successful transitions for young people with disabilities: a practical guide, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Christie D and Martin C (editors) (2012) Psychosocial aspects of diabetes: children, adolescents and their families, London: Radcliffe. Christie D and Martin C (editors) (2012) Psychosocial aspects of diabetes: children, adolescents and their families, London: Radcliffe.
Davies A and Davies R (editors) (2016) Children and young people Davies A and Davies R (editors) (2016) Children and young people's nursing: principles for practice (2nd edition), New York: Productivity Press.
Franklin S, Sanderson H and Gitsham N (2013) Personalisation in practice: supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood, London: Jessica Kingsley. Franklin S, Sanderson H and Gitsham N (2013) Personalisation in practice: supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood, London: Jessica Kingsley.
Long T (editor) (2016) Children Long T (editor) (2016) Children's nursing case book, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
McDougall T and Cotgrove A (2013) Specialist mental healthcare for children and adolescents: hospital, intensive community and home based services, Florence: Taylor and Francis. McDougall T and Cotgrove A (2013) Specialist mental healthcare for children and adolescents: hospital, intensive community and home based services, Florence: Taylor and Francis.
Steinbeck K & Kohn M (editors) (2013) A clinical handbook in adolescent medicine: a guide for health professionals who work with adolescents and young adults, London: World Scientific. Steinbeck K & Kohn M (editors) (2013) A clinical handbook in adolescent medicine: a guide for health professionals who work with adolescents and young adults, London: World Scientific.
Thurston C (editor) (2013) Essential nursing care for children and young people: theory, policy and practice, Abingdon: Routledge. Thurston C (editor) (2013) Essential nursing care for children and young people: theory, policy and practice, Abingdon: Routledge.

Journal articles

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Journals

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