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:
Young person and parent / carer / guardian is introduced to the Ready Steady Go programme
Young person will complete the getting ready process. This addresses any issues in bitesized pieces and goals are agreed
Young person will introduced to the steady part of the programme
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
Young person is welcomed to adult services