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Guide helps disabled children make transition to adult care

Guide helps disabled children make transition to adult care
19th March 2008

A publication of good practice guidance for health professionals and their partners on the transition planning for young people moving into adulthood has been launched.

According to a report on Medical News Today, increasing numbers of children are now surviving into adult life with conditions which once would have been fatal in early childhood.

Many of these conditions will be unfamiliar to health professionals working in the adult service and often the young person needs care from a number of different specialites.

The Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families' guide will outline ways to ensure that the young person in question and their family are better prepared for the move to adult care and that the adult care team has been involved in planning for the transfer.

Ivan Lewis, Care Services Minister, who announced details of the guide, said: " Young people and their families tell us of the uncertainty they face about their future support when they reach 18 years of age.

"All too often, they feel unsupported which is why we have made improving the transition experience of young people a government priority."

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