New Transition Guidance for Health Practitioners

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its guidance on transition from children’s to adults' services for young people using health or social care services.

This guidance sets out how health and social care services should support young people and their families and carers as they move into adulthood, incorporating the requirements of the Care Act and Children and Families Act.

It makes clear that transition should be a long-term process of support built around the young person and their family, not a single transfer from one service to another. The guidance sets out how successful transition processes need to based on the principles of:

  • Involvement and choice
  • Person-centred planning
  • Developmentally appropriate care

To help health services improve transition CDC has developed an online module focusing on how they can use the Children and Families Act to improve transition in the NHS.

It has drawn on expertise from a reference group held last year, and includes examples of how local areas have approached the issue and some of the practical tools that can be applied across settings.

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