The Children and Young People's Outpatient Department offers outpatient services in a purpose-build enviroment. We are located at the main hospital entrance, Gate C. Our team are experts in caring for younger people and work hard to provide you and your family with a positive experience. We work closely with other health professionals at Birmingham Children's Hospital to ensure your care journey is seamless.
The Children and Young People’s Outpatients Department offers an interactive space for young patients and their families.
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 pdf here. (284 KB)
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 pdf here. (265 KB)
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 pdf here. (262 KB)
Young person is welcomed to adult services.
Young Person +/- Carer completes 'Hello' documents and issues are addressed by Healthcare practitioner. Periodically completed again to ensure skills maintained, any issues are addressed and goals are agreed.
View the 'Hello' document pdf here. (328 KB)
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.
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
We want to hear the views of young people and involve young people in decision making to improve and develop services for all young people who use our services.
The Youth Forum will allow us to understand what young people want from our services and will have input on building our Youth Forum as it develops!
This will be a relaxed session for young people with the support of health professionals and pizza will also be available!
*Young people under 16 will need to attend with a parent/guardian/carer.
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