Moving to adult health services
When young people transition to adult health services the aim is to ensure that any assessment of need is completed as early as possible and enable a seamless move to appropriate universal and specialist healthcare. Importantly, this includes identifying services that may no longer be available once someone reaches 18 and putting in place alternative healthcare support for young people, and their families, to achieve identified outcomes.
Customers who receive priority within health service transitions include:
- young people in receipt of children’s continuing care funding that move to adult continuing healthcare services and funding;
- young people accessing child and adolescent mental health services moving to adult mental health services; and
- young people with an Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan that identifies other health service in order to meet assessed needs and outcomes.
Transition to adult services with continuing healthcare needs
A key aim with transition is to ensure that a consistent package of support is provided during the years before and after the move to adulthood.
The nature of the package may change because the young person’s needs or circumstances change. It should not change simply because of a move from children’s to adult services or a move between organisations with commissioning or funding responsibilities.
Where change is necessary, it should be carried out in a phased manner in full consultation with the young person. No services or funding should be withdrawn unless a full assessment has been carried out in respect of both need for adult health and social care services.
What young people should expect
When a young person in receipt of children’s continuing care reaches the age of 14, the case will be reviewed by a social worker. This ensures that any young person who may require ongoing services in adulthood and who may be deemed eligible for continuing healthcare is identified early and included in the transitions pathway.
When the young person reaches 17 a checklist is completed by a health or social care professional, helped by the use of a screening method called a Checklist Tool. The assessment is done with the young person and their family or carer where appropriate.
Other health services identified in Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
There may be other health services that are included within a young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan in order to meet an assessed need. For young people aged 16 years and over (as part of the ongoing review and assessment process to identify health needs) any ongoing health needs will be assessed and work done in partnership with adult health services to identify suitable service to transition to, if available.
Learning Disabilities Annual Health Checks
The Annual Health Check scheme is for adults and young people aged 14 or above with learning disabilities who need more health support and who may otherwise have health conditions that go undetected.
Who will get an Annual Health Check?
People aged 14 and over who have been assessed as having moderate, severe or profound learning disabilities, or people with a mild learning disability who have other complex health needs, are entitled to a free annual health check. More information about Health Checks can be found on NHS Choices.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS are the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety, to name a few.
There are local NHS CAMHS services around the UK, with teams made up of nurses, therapists, pyschologists, support workers and social workers, as well as other professionals. In Peterborough this service is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
You can find lots more information on the Young Minds website.
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