Preparing for adulthood in North Yorkshire: transition between children's and adult health services

Planning for the future

As your child gets older, they may be able to start making their own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to them, this includes their health and wellbeing.

Children’s and adult health services are organised differently. If your young person has lots of health needs, there may be many changes to how they receive their health care and support as an adult.

Health teams such as those in your local doctor surgery or hospitals can help them become more independent in managing their own health and moving from children's health services to adult ones. In healthcare we sometimes call this 'transition'. Transition can be individualised to meet their needs by clinicians and professional involved.

It is important to start thinking about the transition for your child as they move from childhood to adulthood and the services they access. This can be done from the age of 14-18.

You should involve your young person’s GP in planning the transition to adult health services, because they will become more closely involved when your young person turns 18.

To find out more visit:  14-25 Transitions Guide