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Ready Steady Go - Child to Adult Services Transition

In healthcare, we use the word transition to describe the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services.

Transition is a gradual process that gives children, and everyone involved in care, time to get ready to move to adult services and discuss what healthcare needs are required as an adult.

At the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, we use the Ready, Steady, Go programme to support children moving into adults services. The aim of the programme is to empower young people to take control of their lives and to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage their own healthcare confidentially and successfully.

A short video about the programme can be watched here.

There are different stages to the transition process depending on age:

11-12 years

Young person and parent / carer / guardian is introduced to the Ready Steady Go programme

12 years

Young person will complete the getting ready process. This addresses any issues in bitesized pieces and goals are agreed

13 - 14 years

Young person will introduced to the steady part of the programme

15 - 16 years

Young person completes the go section of the programme. Ideally all issues will have been addressed at the point and any on-going issues will be highlighted with the adult services

16 - 19 years

Young person is welcomed to adult services

Transition to Adult Services Specialist

We have a dedicated Transition to Adult Services Clinical Nurse Specialist called Clare Hinwood. Her role is to provide specialist care, support and advice to all patients aged 16 – 18 and their families whilst in the hospital. Clare also helps to prepare patients for the transition to adult services, from the age of 12 in the Children’s Outpatient department. Clare is always happy to help, if you have any concerns or would like more information please contact: 07970874392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.