Transition to adult services Q&A

22 Jul 22 Jul

Thursday 22 Jul 21 - Thursday 22 Jul 21 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar, Online Free

Join a panel of WellChild Nurses and experienced parents for a free virtual Q&A about transition to adult services.

** This event has finished. A recording of the event is available here:  **

Transitioning to adult’s services can be a confusing and overwhelming period in your child’s journey. It can be difficult to know when to start, and navigating all the systems involved to get the right care for your child can be challenging.

Our Transition Q&A is a free virtual event designed to help parents and carers who have any questions about transition. You can ask a question by signing up to the event below, and our panel of WellChild nurses and parents with lived experiences will do their best to provide you with guidance or advice. We will record the Q&A and send you a link so you can watch the event even if you are unable to attend live.


Our panel

Janice Fauset-Jones – WellChild Specialist Practitioner (Transition Nurse for Complex Needs and Long Term Ventilation) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Janice’s role is to act as a clinical leader and resource and provide specialist expertise, advice, information and knowledge to support and facilitate the transition process for young people with complex needs and long term ventilation.




Nina Heighington – WellChild transition nurse at University hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. Nina is working to improve the pathways and patient experience of all young people who are moving from the children’s services to the adult services in hospital.





Alison Shepherd – WellChild Specialist Transition Nurse at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Alison’s post is dedicated to working across professions and agencies to ensure that transition is well planned and managed, enabling each young person to move into adult life with no detrimental effect on their health or wellbeing.





Craig Hatch – WellChild Trustee and Parent Ambassador. With four children, including Fraser who has Cerebral Palsy and a large amount of daily care needs, Craig has first-hand experience of the challenges facing families caring for a child with complex health needs. As a WellChild Parent Ambassador, Craig has spoken about his experiences at a number of conferences, events and was part of the team that spearheaded the #notanurse_but campaign, shining a light on the reality of life behind closed doors for thousands of families.



Tara ParkerChaired by Tara Parker, WellChild Director of Programmes. Tara is a registered paediatric nurse with extensive experience across the UK. Her career in paediatrics has spanned both acute and community sectors and she has held senior positions within Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS Acute and Community Trusts. Tara is mother to two children, one of whom who has complex needs and this has enabled her to gain a unique insight to both the lived experience and the professional challenges.

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