Diabetes child transition document published
A blueprint for a service which bridges the gap between children and adults services has been published.
The Diabetes Transition Service Specification document sets out a “best practice model and considerations”, which are to be made by commissioners providing services for young people with diabetes through transition as young adults.
Written by the NHS England Medical Directorate, the document is “intended to support commissioners in improving outcomes through the development of effective, engaging and developmentally appropriate services for young people” and has been developed to “support improvements to existing CYP and adult diabetes services”.
It has been laid out in two sections, divided up into guidance on using the service specification and the specification template which can be put into the NHS Standard Contract.
Young people with diabetes may experience multiple healthcare transitions simultaneously.
An integrated and person-centered approach to care planning is set out in the specification, that places emphasis on “valuing the assets and expertise of the individual in managing their condition and, supports them to take an active role in planning health services appropriate to their own needs”.
The document also highlights the need for an integrated approach to delivering care, with diabetes transition services being delivered in conjunction with psychological, social and broader clinical input.
Commissioners should set out a clear specification for transition and young adult services based on the local context and information from tools such as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).
The guidance and considerations set out in the document are intended as a framework from which a local transition and young adult service can be shaped.