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Transition Research Programme Final Conference

The Transition Research Programme held a final conference on 12th October 2017. The meeting at the Kings Fund in London was intended to share some of the findings of the Programme and to begin discussions on how key implications could be taken forward. Jim Mackey, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement, opened the meeting. In attendance were healthcare providers from children’s and adult services, commissioners, researchers and representatives from the Department of Health. Everyone was impressed with the research and acknowledged the importance of the findings.

Presentations from the day can be found on the Transition website:

 The day also included three breakout sessions:

1. Launch of a Toolkit to support the delivery of ‘Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare’ in clinical settings (

2. Patient and public involvement (PPI) in the Programme:
i) Members of the young person's advisory group UP presented posters of their work over the 5 years
ii) PPI lead, Gail Dovey-Pearce, offered some reflections on PPI
iii) The Council for Disabled Children presented the development of facilitator guides for running focus groups on topics in Transition

3. Teresa Fenech from NHS England led discussion on the possible indicators for successful transition.        

The Transition team were delighted to have two keynote critiques of the research. First, Jackie Cornish, National Director for Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, spoke on “What are the implications of the research findings for the NHS?”. AnnLoes van Staa, Professor of Transitions in Care, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, spoke on “How the Transition Heleresearch findings relate to international research in this field”.

Last modified: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:52:31 GMT