Support for young people ahead of move into adulthood

Posted: September 14, 2017

Parents and carers invited to GWH event on 19 September

Parents of young people with additional needs are invited to attend a unique event at the Great Western Hospital to support their family's move from child to adult healthcare.
 
The Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow, which takes place on Tuesday 19 September, is a chance for mums, dads and other carers to speak with experts from the hospital about the changes their son or daughter will experience when accessing healthcare after turning 18.
 
It's hoped that by staging the event and offering support early on, young people, many of whom will be accessing a number of different healthcare services on a regular basis, will have a smooth transition into adulthood.
 
Teresa Harding, Divisional Director of Women's, Children's and Sexual Health Services, said: "Moving away from the same team of doctors and nurses that you have been with for many years can be daunting.
 
"But, by getting young people involved in their own transition process, we hope they will feel happier and more confident about the move."

While most people will start receiving adult healthcare as soon as they have celebrated their 18th birthday, the transition process for some can often start much earlier. 
  
In some cases, preparing for adulthood can start from as early as age 14 with teenagers being asked to think about what it means to be healthy, independent living and how their social life affects on their wellbeing.
 
A number of departments at the Great Western Hospital, including audiology, dietetics and occupational therapy, now support teenage patients through a new initiative called Ready, Steady, Go.
 
It aims to give young people, as well as those involved in their care, the chance to work closely with healthcare professionals ahead of their move to adult services, while also providing them with a forum in which they can ask questions and receive important information.
 
More information on Ready, Steady, Go will be available at the event, which will also be attended by representatives from the many local services that support young people through transition.
 
Staff from Swindon Borough Council and Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group will be at the event, too, to tell families about the advice and information offered by their organisations.
 
Teresa Harding said: "We know that effective partnership working is critical to ensuring that support is well coordinated for young people, parents and carers to prepare for adulthood."
 
This latest Roadshow builds on the success of a similar event that was attended by more than 90 parents in March 2017.  
 
Visit www.gwh.nhs.uk for more information.

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