CQC: Review of children’s transition to adult health services

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

From the pond into the sea: children’s transition to adult health services

This review found that young people with complex health needs do not always receive the necessary care and support when they move on to adult care services. The transition process can be a vulnerable time for young people and their families. During this period, they stop receiving health services that they may have had since a young age and move on to equivalent adult services which can be structured and funded differently. The review found that there are many committed professionals providing high-quality care but that system-wide change is needed in order to make the transition between services smoother for patients and families.

 

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“This report describes a health and social care system that
is not working, that is letting down many desperately ill
youngsters at a critical time in their lives. We have put the
interests of a system that is no longer fit for purpose above
the interests of the people it is supposed to serve.”