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Research project: Evaluating and testing an intervention to improve transition from paediatrics to adult care: Ready Steady Go

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Transition in healthcare is used to describe the process of preparing, planning and moving from children's to adult services. Effective transition between paediatric and adult care has a major impact on long term outcomes for all patients with a long term medical condition. There is good evidence that morbidity and mortality increase for young person’s (YP) following the move from paediatric to adult healthcare.Improved outcomes and vocational success are associated with earlier transition around 11-12 years. The current transition process is often fragmented and not delivered in a timely and effective way with young person’s often feeling unprepared and uniformed. Transitional care for young persons and their families has been recognised as an area requiring improvement and investment.  

'Ready Steady Go' (RSG) is a holistic, generic transition programme that has been developed at University Hospital Southampton to address the challenges transition presents. The aim of this service evaluation I s to evaluate the transition care service and ‘Ready Steady Go’ programme utilised for young people with chronic conditions moving between paediatric and adult services.


NHS Health Education Wessex Quality Improvement Fellowship



  • Transition
  • Teenagers
  • Intervention
  • Child
  • Chronic illness


Related research groups

Complex Healthcare Processes
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