Transition without transfer: young adults who remain in children’s services

The healthcare challenges of young people who do not move to adult care at 18

Young adults who used to be paediatric patients now have the right to make decisions about their medical care and healthcare providers need to accommodate this

The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a challenging time and particulary for young people with health needs who also have to navigate a transition from children’s to adult care.

There has been much focus on this transition and ensuring it is as smooth as possible for the young patient or service user. But little research exists on what happens when young adults are required to remain under children’s services.

Reasons for staying in children care into adulthood

Not all young people with chronic disease will leave children’s services at 18.


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