Following the publication of guidelines for transition from children's to
adult's services, NICE have published a related quality
standard. This quality standard covers all young people (aged up to
25) using children's health and social care services who are due to
make the transition to adults' services. It includes young
- with mental health problems
- with disabilities
- with long-term, life-limiting or complex needs
- in secure settings
- under the care of local authorities.
Some young people may only enter children's health or social
care services shortly before they transfer to adults' services.
They are within the scope of the quality standard, providing they
are using children's services at the time of their transfer to
For some young people (for example, those receiving palliative
care or those with a condition where improvement has occurred), it
may not be appropriate to make the transition to adults' services
and this quality standard would not apply.
The quality standard covers the period before, during and after
a young person moves from children's to adults' services. It covers
all settings in which transitions from children's to adults' health
or social care services take place. It describes high-quality care
in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover areas of
national policy, such as funding for health or social care.
The quality standard can be found