Paediatric Transition Service
Who is Transition For?
Transition is for anyone over 11 years and older who has an ongoing healthcare need. You may have asthma or epilepsy, you may struggle with your mental health or have diabetes. You may have a learning disability. Whatever your healthcare need, at some stage you will move from the children’s wards & join the adult healthcare system. We know this is scary.
It would be lovely to keep the same medical team that you’ve known for years but unfortunately, they specialise in paediatrics and you’re becoming an adult. You probably don’t want to be surrounded by screaming babies when you come in for appointments either! Besides, the services that the adult healthcare system provide are more suited to your needs now. As you get older your medical condition is likely to stabilise and you’ll be thinking about careers, travelling, relationships, having more freedom etc.
When do I Transition?
There’s no set age – it will vary depending on you, but we like to start at 11 or 12. It can be a little later and we’ll try to start when it’s right for you. You’ll normally move on at around 16 years. This will depend on what team look after you, but it’s worth thinking about the fact that if you needed to be admitted to hospital, once you turn 16 you will normally (with a few exceptions) be admitted on to an adult ward, so it makes sense to prepare as much as possible. We’re here to help you with this.
How do I Transition?
We use a system called Ready, Steady, Go. It’s a really simple process that we will work through with you. When you start your transition journey we will meet up. How this happens will vary a little bit depending on what speciality you’re under, but as a rule, over the whole process you’ll normally meet with us three times. This may be more or less depending on what you need and will be in a way that works best for you. We will try to incorporate them into your normal appointments if possible. We can meet face-to-face, use Face Time, Zoom, Teams or talk over the phone. Between meetings you can text to stay in touch if you prefer. We will identify a “named worker” as your point of contact.
Before each meeting we’ll give you a questionnaire to fill in – you can do this on your own, with a parent or another adult you trust. Someone can even do it for you (e.g. if you have a learning disability).
There will be three questionnaires over the whole process. Each covers your healthcare need, your confidence and knowledge, general health, lifestyle etc. We can then identify if you need/want any extra support with anything and make a plan as we go along.
By providing you with information we hope we will empower you, increase your confidence and just generally make life a little bit easier. And it’s not just you – this is pretty scary for your parents/carers too, so we’re there for them as well. It’s why this is a long, slow process. There’s no rush and, we hope, no pressure. There’s enough of that in life without us adding to it.
Your parents/carers even get their own questionnaire so they can prepare and have their voices heard throughout. A parent/carer is more than welcome to accompany you to your meetings. Ultimately, we anticipate that as you get older, grow in confidence and become more knowledgeable, you will attend appointments on your own – that’s what happens in the adult world. Again, this may be scary for you and your parents/carers and some of you won’t be able attend on your own to because of learning disability but it’s a realistic aim for a lot of you. This is an awful lot of writing, so let’s stop for now, but do use the details below if you need more information or assistance.
We actively encourage you to contact the transition team. If you prefer texting that’s OK or if you prefer to see a human face I’m happy for you to video call. The most important thing is that you do contact us. I might not always be able to answer straight away but I will always get back to you when I can, so thank you for your patience and I look forward to speaking to you.
Who to contact
Where to go
Peterborough City Hospital
- PE3 9GZ
- Local Offer Age Bands
11 to 19 years
19 to 25 years