Transition is the process of moving from children and young people’s asthma services to adult services. This includes a preparation period, transfer of care to adult service and continues until the young person has engaged with the adult service, rather than just describing the point at which care transfers to the adult service. It should be as seamless as possible for the young person. It may commence from age 12 onwards and last until 25 depending on the child and / or condition. It requires careful planning and collaborative working between the child / young person, adolescent services and adult services. The process of transition is expected to take longer where a child has multiple, complex needs, but the key feature of transition is that care should remain flexible at all times.

Some useful resources

For additional transition resources for children, young people and families, see the children, young people and families section of the London Asthma Toolkit.