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The second Sheffield Young People and Healthcare Transition Annual Conference 2024: Meet our Transition team!

Our Transition team take a group photo before the conference.
06 March 2024

Sheffield Children’s hosted The second Sheffield Young People and Healthcare Transition Annual Conference, a free virtual conference held jointly alongside Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for colleagues supporting young people moving from children’s healthcare to adults.

To mark this event, which included a number of members of our Sheffield Children’s team as speakers, we caught up with members of our Transition team. This team, made up of Priya Narula Clinical Lead, Caroline Dixon, Service Manager, Hannah Cash, Lead Nurse, Lynne Hardy-Azevedo, Transition Nurse, Rebecca Byers and Lindsay Bramhill, Transition Coordinators, and Amanda Drake, Team Administrator, talked all about their roles in supporting our patients and families across Sheffield Children’s on a daily basis.

Our Transition team supports patients and families in their journey from paediatric healthcare to adult healthcare and supports services across Sheffield Children’s with the transition process. The team also supports development of healthcare transition pathways across many different services. Hannah Cash, our Lead Transition Nurse, said: “We’re all very passionate about putting the patient at the centre of care and promoting the young person’s voice.”

Supported by Executive Lead for Transition, Chief Nurse Yvonne Millard, this tight-knit team are proud of the work that they do to support our patients and families and enjoy working with our children and young people within the complex transition support pathway that aim to offer holistic support for each patient. Lynne Hardy-Azevedo, one of our Transition Nurses, said: “We are a small team and relish the collaborative nature of our work, enjoying the positive outcomes and improvements in patient care resulting from our efforts. We use data and analytics to identify areas for improvement and implementing evidence-based practices to enhance the transition of care process.”

The team highlighted the importance of developmentally appropriate healthcare for all young people. The conference offered professionals the opportunity to gain valuable insights and knowledge in addressing the unique healthcare needs of young people. Through virtual presentations, discussion panels and Q&A sessions, practitioners were able to increase their working knowledge of healthcare transition and developmentally appropriate healthcare.

The team also acknowledged the importance of sharing information to ensure best practice in this field. The Healthcare Transition Coordinators work to establish effective coordination and improved communication among various healthcare providers to identify transitional barriers and work together to overcome them.

The welcome address was given by Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s, Ruth Brown. Ruth said: “We’re very proud to have jointly hosted this conference with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In Sheffield, we are incredibly fortunate to have some very passionate clinicians across our children’s and adult’s trusts. They are helping us lead the way with the change we need to see, always having children’s and young people’s voices guiding us.”

We’d like to thank our Transition team for speaking with us and congratulate them on organising a fabulous event. If you would like to get in contact with our transition team, please call 0114 305 3768 or send an email to scn-tr.transitionteam@nhs.net.

 

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