Most young people with a long-term health condition(s) will move from children’s (you may hear this called paediatric) to the adult health services around the age of 18. But from the age of around 14 we will start to talk about your transfer to the adult service. The process of getting ready for that move is called transition.

Transition is not a single event but is a gradual process moving from children’s (paediatric) healthcare into adult healthcare. We will do this over a number of years. Throughout the process the aim is to give you the confidence to be able to manage your healthcare as independently as you can.

This page and resources help explain and support you with these changes. Watch Kendal (a children’s nurse) talk about your transition into adult healthcare.

Everybody’s journey will be different, your healthcare team will talk to you about your personal transition plans.