Parents, carers and young people are being invited to find out more about the support available to them as they plan and prepare to transition from children’s to adult healthcare services.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Commissioning Group have teamed up to raise awareness of the services young people across Sheffield can access at a special Transition evening event at Sheffield Town Hall on Tuesday 12th November between 6 and 8pm.
The free event is aimed at young people aged 14 and older, and their parents, families and carers. There will be the chance to meet and chat with staff and peers from the city’s adult and children’s hospitals and their specialist services, and information and advice will also be available from voluntary organisations, youth services, local authority and mental health services.
The transition from children’s to adult healthcare services often coincides with other major changes in young people’s lives such as them starting work or going to secondary school or college. It’s also a time when young adults start to become more independent, making it an anxious time for both parents, families and carers, who have to adjust to changes such as the young adult taking responsibility for taking their own medicines and treatments when the responsibility has previously rested with them.
Rachel Macqueen, who is the Registered Nurse for Children and Young People at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This event will bring together all the services involved in helping support families, parents, carers and young people as they move to adult health services and help young adults to stay engaged in their healthcare needs.”
For further information about the event contact call the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Transition and Young Adult care team on 0114 2267285 or the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Transition team on 0114 3053768.
More information is also available at: www.sth.nhs.uk/patients/transition.