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Devon’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Transitions within health services

We work together with the NHS to improve the health of people in Devon and make sure everyone across the county has equal access to health services.

The way that different providers work together to offer services in Devon can seem complex, but it shouldn’t be complicated for you or your family.

Health professionals who work with you can advise you where to get the help you need, when you need it.

You can also visit the NHS website for reliable health information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare.

Transitioning to adult health services

When you move into adult health services, you may find the services are different.

If you have long-term healthcare needs, healthcare professionals will start thinking about your transition to adult services from the age of 14.

Discussions will cover what will stay the same and what will be different. You will have the chance to talk about you, as well as your worries and concerns about your healthcare. This should join up with the discussions other services may also have about transition, for example, as part of your continued Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Below is a useful video from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust about moving into adult health services.

Below are some useful links which offer information and guidance about the transition to adult services.

  • The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust use the Ready, Steady, Go, Hello pathway to prepare you for this change, between the ages of 14-18.
  • There are lots of things you can do to manage your health and wellbeing yourself. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust provide some useful information on healthy lifestyles.

For more information about transition, you should speak to the healthcare professionals already involved in your care.