Moving on to adult services (Transition)

A guide for young people and their families about transition

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is made up of the following five hospitals
and a range of Community Services:

Across this website you can find out more about our hospitals as well as our individual services.

What does the word 'transition' mean?

Transition is another word for change and ‘moving on’. As you become
an adult there will be many changes in your life. For you one of the
changes is that you will be joining adult health services here at Sheffield
Teaching Hospitals.

Information for Young People

What is transition?
Transition is another word for change. In health care this means the move from Children’s services to Adults’ services. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals provide many adult health care services to young people.

Why do I need to transition?
Children and Young Adults have different needs. The Doctors and other Professionals at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are best placed to meet those needs as you become an adult.

When does it happen?
The timing of when you transition to adult services should be based on you. If you have long-term health needs the planning for transition to adult services should begin by the time you are 13 or 14 so there is plenty of time for preparation. Most young people will move to adult services at 16, for others it may be a little later. Your health teams will discuss this with you.

What differences will I see with adult services?
The main difference will be you making your own decisions about your health. You will be able to see your health team without your parents/carers and the team will ask you about this. However, if you want family to be with you for appointments that is also fine.

Will the adult service have information from Sheffield Children’s Hospital?
Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals work together to make your move to adult services as smooth as possible. Sheffield Children’s Hospital will pass all important information to your new team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Many Children’s services offer a transition service where specialist nurses work with you to find out about you and make sure the team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals know all about you too. Some services will create a transition plan so you know exactly what will happen at each stage of the move to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals you will be given a named worker to contact in your healthcare team. You can speak to them if you have any questions or worries.

There is also a transition team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and a Registered Nurse for Children and Young People at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to help young people transition. They can be contacted if you have any difficulties or questions about transition.

What happens during transition?
Your Children’s services team will contact with the team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. You may be offered a visit to meet staff in clinics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Staff will work with you to plan what you need to prepare you to transition from children services to adult services.

Some specialities use the Ready Steady Go programme to help identify your needs and agree a plan to support you through the transition process. Information on this can be found here http://www.uhs.nhs.uk/OurServices/Childhealth/TransitiontoadultcareReadySteadyGo/Transitiontoadultcare.aspx

Other areas may use a transition annual plan to identify and review what you need to support you through the Transition into adult services. An example can be found here http://nww.sth.nhs.uk/NHS/ChildrenAndYoungPeople/AnnualAdolescentTransitionPlan.doc

Will I be able to visit the adult service before my care transfers to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals?
Many of the teams will arrange visits for young people. If you have any difficulties please contact the Registered Nurse for Children and Young People at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals who can help arrange this for you.

Who do I contact for support or queries regarding my transition?
Your named worker within your health team will be the best person to contact if you have any questions or worries about transition. Further support can also be obtained from the Registered Nurse for Children and Young People, Rachel Macqueen, on 0114 226 5366. You can also email Transitions@sth.nhs.uk

 

 

 

Information for Parent/Carers

I’m worried I will no longer have a role in my child’s health. What can I do?
From the age of 16 many young people are able to make decisions regarding their health care without parental consent. However, the young person remains part of your family unit so parents will be able to attend appointments if the young person would like the support of family.

Although there may be times when health teams encourage discussion with family, the young person does retain the right to confidentiality. For this reason it is usual practice for the health team to spend part of the consultation with the young person without the parent/carer.

In the case of young people who do not have the capacity to make decisions on their own, the health care team will discuss with you the decision making processes set out by The Mental Capacity Act and the role of family in these processes. If your child is approaching 16 years of age, or over 16 years of age and you feel this issue is relevant to your child please discuss with your health care team.

My child has multiple health needs and I am worried their care won’t be coordinated. What systems are in place to ensure their needs are met?
Communication is essential when multiple specialities are involved in the care of a patient. The Registered Nurse for Children and Young People at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals works closely with colleagues in Children’s services to try to ensure smooth transition and can be contacted if there are any concerns regarding your child’s transition.

If my child is admitted to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals will I be able to stay overnight?
Usually parents/carers do not stay overnight. However, if there are any circumstances where you feel this is essential please discuss with the nurse in charge of the ward. If it is a planned admission please discuss this at pre-admission appointments.

 

Who do I contact for support or queries regarding my child’s transition?
The named worker for your child within the clinical speciality will be able to offer support and advice throughout the transition process. Further support can also be obtained from the Registered Nurse for Children and Young People Rachel Macqueen, on 0114 226 5366. You can also email Transitions@sth.nhs.uk

Leaflets and information

We have created some leaflets to tell you and your family about what we do and how we can help you and your family when you move to our adult services.]

We also have a dedicated set of videos to explain transition and moving to adult services. You can find our transition videos here

Find our full range of leaflets and resources below:


Moving on to adult services– a guide for young people and their families about transition (PDF)


Moving on to adult services– a guide for young people and their families about transition (Easy Read)


Sheffield Kidney Institute''s transitions team: a guide for young people and their families

Kidney Services
Renal Services
Sheffield Kidney Institute


Transitioning from children's to adult audiology services

Medical Imaging and Medical Physics
Audiology Service
Neurotology

Welcome to the E3 transition clinic

Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine


Metabolic Bone Unit Website

 

Transition from paediatric to adult care: Guide for parents [CF Trust]

Transition from paediatric to adult care: Guide for young people [CF Trust]

Cystic Fibrosis Unit

 

Transition from Children's Services videos

 

Useful Links

https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/

https://www.changegrowlive.org/young-people/corner_sheffield

https://shsc.nhs.uk/service/sheffield-alcohol-services/ 

http://sheffielddact.org.uk/drugs-alcohol/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/05/Non-Opiates-Services-Info-A5-leaflet-FINAL.pdf

https://shsc.nhs.uk/service/sheffield-opiates-service/

https://shsc.nhs.uk/service/single-point-of-access-spa-for-adult-community-mental-health-services/

http://www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk/

http://iaptsheffield.shsc.nhs.uk/living-well-with-a-long-term-condition/

http://www.roundabouthomeless.org/

http://sayouthtrust.org.uk/

http://www.chilypep.org.uk/

https://www.healthwatchsheffield.co.uk/young-healthwatch/

https://www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk/

 

Useful links for parents/carers

https://sheffieldparentcarerforum.org.uk/

http://sheffieldcarers.org.uk/

http://www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk/kb5/sheffield/directory/home.page

Further questions

If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to talk to a member of staff. They will be happy to help!

You can also talk to our dedicated Patient Services Team on 0114 271 2400 or by email on PST@sth.nhs.uk

 
 

Additional Information

Contact numbers

Hospital Wards
0114 226 9696 (State the name of the ward when prompted)

Charles Clifford Dental Hospital
0114 271 7800

Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital
0114 271 1900

Northern General Hospital
0114 243 4343

Royal Hallamshire Hospital
0114 271 1900

Weston Park
0114 226 5000

Who should I speak to if I have any further questions or concerns?

If you need any extra help or have any questions whilst you are attending the hospital please discuss this with the nurse looking after you or with the senior sister. If the senior sister is not available please ask staff to contact the Matron or Lead Nurse for the area.

Alternatively if you wish to discuss any concerns with the Patient Services Team please call them on 0114 271 2400 or by email on PST@sth.nhs.uk

 
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