Largest ever grant awarded to help children and young people

The Trust funds £1m grant to help transition services for children and young people.

In 2015 a team from the Children’s Hospital, part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, were awarded funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and were able to implement a three-year project, working with all 42 of its services that required transition pathways.

In 2018, the Trust was awarded a further £1.3m to continue this work on a national scale. The grant, the biggest ever awarded by the Burdett Trust, will see Leeds Children’s Hospital work collaboratively with NHS Improvement to set up and work with regional teams across the country to highlight their Model of Care for Transition for young people, which other organisations can adapt to meet the needs of their own organisations.

For young people with long term conditions, the transfer from children’s to adult services is a critical time in their lives. The transition can shape a young person’s on-going health and well-being, and ensuring that they have a smooth experience of transition is a project that Leeds Children’s Hospital has been tasked with.

Dr Yvette Oadee, Acting Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospital commented “I’m extremely proud to see the team from Leeds Children’s Hospital leading on a national project, and one that is so important for young people across the whole of the UK. The fantastic work that they have already completed stands them in good stead to continue this vital work. It will see a specialist team working together to ensure that the transition for young people is one that works for them and encourages them to take control of their health and be more involved in key decision making.”

Leeds Children’s Hospital will aim to build on the work already completed and will lead the implementation of transition across a number of regions.  The project aims to inform and influence services for all young people, aged 11 – 24 years, who have a long term illness which requires movement between services to provide on-going care or monitoring.

Shirley Baines, Chief Executive, Burdett Trust for Nursing commented 

“The initial piece of work carried out by Leeds Children’s Hospital was impressive and saw some great results. We’re really pleased to play a part in enabling them to continue and progress this initiative which is really vital to not only children and young people but also to the staff who care for them and their families – all of whom will benefit from this work.”

Please contact Aimee Dyer for further information.

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