CYPMHS transition to adult services

Transition from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service
to Adult Mental Health Services.

We understand that the change in service may seem overwhelming.  We want to ensure that you feel supported throughout this important stage and are fully informed of the services and level of care that will be provided to you as you move over from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) to the Adult Mental Health Service (AMHS), provided by the Kent & Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT). 

We have set out some information below to help you understand the process and we will refer to your change in service as a ‘transition’ to AMHS.  There will be an opportunity to discuss this process further with the care coordinator within our service, so we would encourage you to write down any questions you have in preparation for any meetings you may have with us.

What is transition and when does it happen?
Transition refers to a change in service, in this case, from CYPMHS to AMHS. If you are in a transition process at present it means your care and treatment is moving to AMHS. This process starts at approximately 17 years and 6 months and should be completed by the time you are 18 years old, but no later than 18 years and 3 months.

If you require continuing/ongoing care from our AMHS colleagues as you move into adulthood, the transition process should help you to understand this process of change, plan what your goals will be during this process and ensure your care is handed over in a way which feels comfortable and safe to you.  At the end of the process, you would have ended your involvement with CYPMHS and be receiving a service from AMHS.

Joint meetings with AMHS
Joint meetings are organised so CYPMHS and AMHS can work together to support  you in your transfer between the services. The aim of these meetings will be to introduce you to your new worker within AMHS, share your treatment plan with them, and give you an opportunity to get to know them and what to expect from their service. It should outline a crisis plan for what happens if you need support outside of office hours once you become an adult and detail how you will receive support and where you will need to go within the service.

Transition goals
Transition goals refer to the outcomes you would like to see as you transition to AMHS; it could be for you to know the name of your new worker, where you will be seeing someone or what treatment you will be receiving. Don’t worry, we can help you set some goals if you are unsure and we can guide you as to whether these goals are realistic and achievable. Ideally, your transition goals should be achieved by the time AMHS take over your care.

Treatment plan during transition
Your care and treatment will remain with CYPMHS until the transition process is complete and agreed by all parties involved. This will mean your care and treatment will remain the same. There may be meetings with our AMHS colleagues to determine what will happen once the process is complete, and your care plan should follow you into AMHS.

Discharge plan from CYPMHS
Once your transition process is complete, we will formally discharge you from our service. This means we will close your file to our team and handover your care and treatment to AMHS. We will send you a letter to confirm this and as part of the process, we will let your GP know of your move to AMHS.

Next steps
Once contact is made, a date will be agreed for the next few weeks for a joint meeting.  The aim of this meeting will be to introduce you to your AMHS practitioner/clinician and provide you with as much information as possible in preparation for your transition.

Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss this process.  If you require any out of hours support, please contact 0300 555 1201 where you will be able to speak to a member of our Mental Health Direct team. 

If you are currently in the process of transitioning to AMHS and would like to provide us with some feedback on your experience, you can do so via a brief survey. 

You can access the survey in the following ways:

Click the PDF version below:

CQUIN survey 2018 - Kent [pdf] 75KB

Click the following link:
NELFT Transition Snap Survey

Call: 0300 555 1201 Ext: 52815

Write to:
Joann Carrelo
Business Manager
Kent CYPMHS, Medway YPWS and All-age Eating Disorder Service
NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Suite One, Phoenix House, Christopher Martin Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3EZ

In the meantime you may find the following websites useful places for information and support: 

MindEd website, is a useful resource for families and carers.  ‘MindEd for Families’ was built by parents and the MindEd Consortium of professionals, funded by the Department of Education, in partnership with Health Education England. It is accredited by the NHS Information Standard.

NHS Choices, also provides a useful resource including an information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and stress.

YoungMinds is a UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.  The YoungMinds website provides a wide variety of information.

Big White Wall website offers a range of support online for 16 to 18-year-olds.  The website is completely anonymous and offers a wide range of self-management materials and guided support courses.  Big White Wall also offers one to one live therapy via text, audio, and video

For more information on the AMHS service that Kent & Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT) provide, please use the link below to view their website: