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Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Children and Young People
StateAccepted/In press - 19 Jul 2018


In a modern healthcare system, the survivability of children and young people with complex health needs requires a robust system for transition into adult services that is carefully planned. Effective planning is essential to ensure the transition process happens smoothly, in the best interests of the young person and family. This paper discusses the needs and requirements for planned and purposeful transitional processes to support young people with complex health care needs and their families. in relation to the preparation of adult services, the wider multidisciplinary team, the young person themselves and their parents. Recommendations for practice include the necessity for an integrated approach to ensure optimum outcomes, ascertaining the potential value of a nurse led service in delivering the transition process. In conclusion, there is a need to create a carefully tailored planning strategy to optimally prepare and support young people with complex health needs through the transition process.

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