Secondary care

Secondary care

AYPH works with a diverse range of secondary care professionals. We have strong links with the Royal College of Physicians’ Young Adults Steering Group and the Young People’s Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG) of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  We also have representatives from nursing, primary and secondary care on our Advisory Council.

A toolkit focused on making healthcare work for young people

We are delighted to share a toolkit based on the findings from the Transition Research Programme.  The toolkit which AYPH developed together with the team from the programme focuses on Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare and includes practical suggestions and tools to help tailor services to young people’s needs as they develop and change.

You can find out more about the work and access the toolkit here.

About our toolkit – Dr Janet McDonagh

One could argue that everyone knows what ‘developmentally appropriate health care for young people’ is and yet recent research as part of the Transition Research Programme, independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), has shown that it is ill-defined in the literature (Farre A 2014) and not clearly understood by health practitioners and managers alike in secondary care settings in the NHS (Farre A 2016).

In response to their research findings, the project team (Janet McDonagh, Tim Rapley, Jeremy Parr, Allan Colver and Helena Gleeson) in collaboration with AYPH have developed a toolkit to help further understanding of what developmentally appropriate health care looks like in clinical practice for clinicians and hospital managers. In so doing, we will hopefully overcome some of the barriers to the implementation of such care across institutions and facilitate the development of a truly young person-responsive health system, as recently called for by the WHO.

The toolkit gives practical suggestions about how health care can be tailored at the 3 key levels, namely that of the young person, of the health professional and mulitdisciplinary team as well as at the level of the organisation or institution. The aim of the toolkit is that it will evolve in response to future developments in this area. We actively welcome feedback

Improving communication with young people

AYPH ran a series of training events with secondary care professionals focusing on improving communication and care for young people with type 1 diabetes. We developed a short screencast training resource following a multi-disciplinary team training session at Evelina Children’s Hospital, London.

The training was also delivered to over 500 GPs as part of project funded by a health innovation network grant from Health Education South London.