Transfer is the point of care transfer from children’s to adult care. There is no fixed age. However, this usually happens between the ages of 16 and 18.
When you get older your needs change and an adult healthcare environment should suit you better. The healthcare professionals in adult services may know more about topics, such as travelling and going to college or university, than children’s services.
Remember everyone’s transition experience is individual. This is because every young person has different needs, preferences and experiences. Healthcare professionals should take into account your cognitive ability, social and personal circumstances, wishes, communication needs and other responsibilities.
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Your GP will stay the same (unless you decide to move surgeries). However you may notice a few changes in your care as you begin the transitioning process.
These can include:
When there are lots of changes, it is very normal to feel unsure and have questions. Speaking to your GP or Transition Nurse may mean you get the most accurate answers to your questions.
Learning about your condition, medical history and treatments
This can be a daunting task, but you will probably be surprised about how much you already know. Many even say that you are the expert as you live with your condition day in, day out.
Begin to take responsibility for your health, appointments and medication
Explore how your condition affects your education, employment, socialisation and independent living
Transition: the process of addressing medical, psychosocial and educational needs of young people with any chronic health condition as they move from children’s to adult services.
Health providers must initiate the start of a healthcare setting transition around the age of 12 and for many young people the process continues until the age of 21.
Make decisions in regards to your care, with support if needed
Be involved in goal setting during annual reviews
Helpful suggestions from other young people who have gone through or are going through the transition process