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 young people, 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 and young people moving into adult 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.
Young person will complete the 'Getting Ready' process. This addresses any issues in bitesized pieces and goals are agreed.
View the 'Ready' document here.
Young person will introduced to the 'Steady' part of the programme for progress. Issues are addressed in bite sized pieces and goals are agreed.
View the 'Steady' document here.
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.
View the 'Go' documet here.
Parents / carers will need to complete the Ready, Steady, Go parent transition plan.
This transition plan is designed to help parents and carers feel confident about their knowledge and skills during the period of transition.
When young people approach the age of 16 to 18 years old, treatment will move from Children’s Services and continue in Adult Services. This means that you will now be seen in the Outpatient’s department for your appointments and you will be admitted for any procedures through ADCU (Admissions and Day Case Unit) or one of our adult wards. We are aware that being a young adult using adult services can be daunting, especially if it is your first experience of staying in hospital.
The following information leaflets are intended to provide you with a better understanding of what support and reasonable adjustments are available to young people and their families to help with this hospital journey.