Transitioning out of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services

Transition image Introduction
It is a national requirement for all NHS Trusts to improve the transition pathway for all young people over a two year timeline and embed for the future.  This will not only provide continuity of support for young people during this important time; it will also encourage cross-agency working and improve communication across service boundaries so that receiving services, as a consequence of being fully engaged in the transition planning process, will be better prepared to accommodate the young person transferring to them.

Defining 'Transition'
‘Transition’ and ‘transitioning’ in the context of young people’s mental health, means the transfer of young people out of CYPMHS to other services (adult mental health services or otherwise), or being discharged, as a consequence of reaching a certain age  according to local commissioning arrangements. The age of transition varies locally, with young people in most areas transitioning at 18 years, but others at 16 or at a needs-based or condition-specific time.

Aims and objectives
Our aim is to improve the experience and outcomes for young people who transfer out of children’s mental health services to other services:

  • to improve a young person’s experience of transitions;
  • to improve the involvement of young people, parent(s) and carer(s)  in the process and ensure the safe transfer of care for young people.

What do we hope to achieve?
Greater collaboration between all providers, including Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and local CCGs, to support transition planning and improvements to the care pathway to ensure the safe transfer of care for young people.

How do we plan to achieve this?
A joint NELFT/EPUT implementation plan and protocol is in place with key milestones. Children and young people have been engaged and involved in the compilation of the pre-transition survey. This engagement with young people will continue through small, informal, focus group-style events taking place through 2018/19. 

Transition Engagement Events A Great Success

NELFT and EPUT recently held two successful engagement events that looked at the journey from children's mental health services to adult services.

EWMHS event 1The events, held last week in Chelmsford and Southend, gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about the work being undertaken to improve the transition process for EWMHS service users and also to engage in discussion and explore the challenges of improving this transition.

Sharon Hall, area manager forEWMHS, said: “This was a great opportunity for EWMHS and EPUT to engage with our stakeholders and update them on the progress made to ensure transition of young people to adult services is improved and as smooth as possible.  Time was taken to set these events up and ensure  meaningful dialogue with stakeholders thereby making sure all voices involved in the transition process are heard.”  

Feedback from attendees shows that the events were well received with presentation speaking and content being rated as Excellent and Good, all attendees said that the session was useful to them with one saying 'very much so'.


Contact information

For more information you can contact the Single Point of Access team via the following:

Telephone: 0300 300 1600 

Opening times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.