Falling through the gaps: exploring the role of integrated commissioning in improving transition from children’s to adults' services for young people with long-term health conditions in England

Maniatopoulos, Gregory, Le Couteur, Ann, Vale, Luke and Colver, Allan (2018) Falling through the gaps: exploring the role of integrated commissioning in improving transition from children’s to adults' services for young people with long-term health conditions in England. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 23 (2). pp. 107-115. ISSN 1355-8196

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore the role of integrated commissioning in improving the transition of young people with longterm conditions from child to adult services. We aimed to identify organizational and policy gaps around transition services and provide recommendations for integrated commissioning practice. Methods: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with two groups of participants: (1) twenty-four stakeholders involved in the commissioning and provision of transition services for young people with long-term conditions in two regions in England; (2) five professionals with national roles in relation to planning for transition. Transcripts were interrogated using thematic analysis. Results: There is little evidence of integrated commissioning for transitional care for young people with long-term conditions. Commissioners perceive there to be a lack of national and local policy to guide integrated commissioning for transitional care; and limited resources for transition. Furthermore, commissioning organizations responsible for transition have different cultures, funding arrangements and related practices which make inter- and intra-agency co-ordination and cross-boundary continuity of care difficult to achieve. Conclusions: Integrated commissioning may be an effective way to achieve successful transitional care for young people with long-term health conditions. However, this innovative relational approach to commissioning requires a national steer together with recognition of common values and joint ownership between relevant stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated commissioning, transition, United Kingdom, young people with long-term conditions
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L100 Economics
L900 Others in Social studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2020 10:40
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2020 10:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44420

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