Many young people with diabetes do not get a good experience of transition and so do not have such good management of their diabetes. Regular contact with diabetes services is crucial to achieve good diabetes management, but transition is a time when young people can fail to engage with services.
Diabetes UK’s position statement on transition recommends that a transition service should have young people at its centre, be responsive to their needs and be supported by expert healthcare professionals.
We developed this position through reviewing the relevant literature, reviewing data from the current National Paediatric Diabetes Audit and National Diabetes Transition Audit, reviewing current guidelines on transition. This also involved discussions with expert adult and paediatric clinicians including Diabetes UK’s Council of Healthcare Professionals and engaging with young people to find out their experiences of transition and their recommendations of what constitutes a good transition.
Download our position statement on transition of young people with diabetes from paediatric care to adult care as a PDF (829, KB).