What if I’m not ready? Young people, clinicians and researchers co-produce a Transition Preparation Programme to improve experience and outcomes for young people leaving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

East of EnglandMental Health
Start Date: 31 Mar 2014

Background and context

Adolescence is a period of rapid emotional, physical and psychological change: 75% of lifetime mental disorders emerge before the age of 25. Yet, most UK Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) discharge or transfer young people to an adult mental health service (AMHS), at age 17, with little flexibility to account for individual needs or readiness to move on. The result is a ‘cliff-edge of lost support’ and a system which is ‘weakest where it needs to be strongest’. Transitions are often poorly managed and negative for youngpeople with risks to ongoing treatment and care. Young people who feel prepared may do better. But what preparation do young people want and need?


  • To gather young people’s views on transition preparation
  • To co-produce a relevant, useful, deliverable, costeffective prototype CAMHS Transition Preparation Programme (TPP) which will improve experiences and outcomes for young people leaving CAMHS.
Valerie Dunn