Transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services

Amanda McGrandles, Karen McMahon

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This article explores key issues in relation to adolescence and the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS). A national review of services revealed some concern and dissatisfaction regarding existing service provision. Nurses are employed in both of these services and are well placed to play a significant role during transition. The challenges and opportunities for services are explored with reference to key policy documents. Several factors contribute to better outcomes, including collaboration between CAMHS and AMHS, the young person and the family, aligning services with the young person's development and maturity, and approaching transition in a flexible way. These factors are highlighted with the use of a case study and with reference to the nurses' role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-3, 1036-9
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2012


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services


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