Transitions between child and adult mental health services: Service design, philosophy and meaning at uncertain times

Murcott, W.J. (2014) Transitions between child and adult mental health services: Service design, philosophy and meaning at uncertain times. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21 (7). pp. 628-634. ISSN 13510126 (ISSN)

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A young person's transition of care from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services can be an uncertain and distressing event that can have serious ramifications for their recovery. Recognition of this across many countries and recent UK media interest in the dangers of mental health services failing young people has led practitioners to question the existing processes. This paper reviews the current theories and research into potential failings of services and encourages exploration for a deeper understanding of when and how care should be managed in the transition process for young people. Mental health nurses can play a vital role in this process and, by adopting the assumptions of this paradigm, look at transition from this unique perspective. By reviewing the current ideas related to age boundaries, service thresholds, service philosophy and service design, it is argued that the importance of the therapeutic relationship, the understanding of the cultural context of the young person and the placing of the young person in a position of autonomy and control should be central to any decision and process of transfer between two mental health services. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Item Type: Article
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27 March 2014Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: AMHS, CAMHS, Mental health, Service design, Therapeutic relationships, Transition, adolescent, human, mental health service, patient care, standards, transition to adult care, United Kingdom, Adolescent, Continuity of Patient Care, Great Britain, Humans, Mental Health Services, Transition to Adult Care
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:55
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:43

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