Transitional Care

The Transitional Care Service supports young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. The service provides a coordinated and seamless transition for young people, who are moving from paediatric care into adult health and social care services. 

The Shakespeare Hospice - Transitional care

Tell me more…

Until the age of 18, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families receive all-encompassing coordinated free paediatric healthcare and specialist support from across a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies, including education. Once they reach the age of 18, this degree of coordinated healthcare and educational support is no longer available and they need to obtain their own funding through personal budgets, and organise their own health and social care support, with little assistance or guidance as to where to begin. This means that the obstacles to a young person with a life-limiting condition and very complex needs are much more difficult to overcome.

The service provides a highly personal and individualised service that considers the young person’s needs, strengths and abilities and is responsive to their circumstances which can sometimes change extremely quickly. Our team advocate for young people and empowers them to have the confidence to achieve their full potential in terms of education, health, physical, psychological and social development.   

Our young people are involved in every discussion about their future. The support provided ensures they are at the centre of their transition planning process and feel able to speak up when they don’t understand something or feel they are not being listened to.

Have a question?

We’re available Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm to answer any questions you may have.

The Shakespeare Hospice - Transitional care

Am I eligible?

Our Transitional Care Service is available to anyone aged between 16 and 24 with a life-limiting condition and registered with a GP in South Warwickshire. These conditions may include: Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Battens’ Disease, severe Cerebral Palsy, brain or spinal cord injury, cancer and severe cardiac conditions.

In some instances, we can accept referrals from further afield. Please speak to us directly about your needs and we can guide you appropriately.

We can accept referrals from parents, guardians, healthcare professionals or from the patients themselves. For us to support young people aged below 18, we will need consent from the person with parental responsibility.

Frequently asked questions

If you cannot find the answer to your question below, please feel free to contact us.

A few words from patients and loved ones...

By wrapping our care around the patient, and those closest to them, we can provide the expertise, compassion and time they deserve.

“The team have helped me to source the equipment I need and get funding for a car and wheelchair. Being able to go out on trips and holiday has improved my confidence."

Henry, Transitional Care patient

“You have done more for me and my daughter in a few months than any support system has given her over a few years.”

Mother of a Transitional Care patient

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The Shakespeare Hospice - Transitional care