Best practice in the transition to adult services for young adults who had childhood cancer
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Best practice in the transition to adult services for young adults who had childhood cancer

Helen Kerr Senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To appreciate the importance of a successful transition from children’s to adult services for young adults who had childhood cancer

  • To identify best transition practice for young adults who had childhood cancer

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

This article discusses the importance of a successful transition from children’s to adult services for young adults who had childhood cancer. It considers the role of nurses in children’s and adult services in supporting young adults to adequately prepare for the transition to adult services. Historically, the responsibility has been with children’s services to prepare young adults to transition to adult services; however, a joint approach between children’s and adult service providers is now recommended. A well-organised, person-centred, transition plan commenced early can contribute to a young adult’s successful transition to adult services.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2021.e1808

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

h.kerr@qub.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Kerr H (2021) Best practice in the transition to adult services for young adults who had childhood cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2021.e1808

Acknowledgement

The author would like to thank Kerrie Sweeney, Teenage Cancer Trust teenage and young adult clinical nurse specialist, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland, for providing support and feedback on the drafts of the article

Published online: 13 December 2021

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