Transitions | Health (SEND)

When young people are at school, they may receive a variety of services, therapy and medical support through children’s health services. As young people leave school, their health needs should be met by adult health services. The time of transfer will depend on the service.

When it comes to Preparing for adulthood and Health, things are different from other areas of transition. Young people will often see a health professional for an “episode of care” (short period), for diagnosis and possibly treatment, and may be discharged. This means some people may seek treatment under adult services later on and do not necessarily need to be transferred in earnest.

The transfer from children’s clinic to adult services begins at around 16 years. The aim is to ensure the delivery of a well-planned transfer process for young people with long term health needs.