Focus on Healthcare for Our Teenagers; Medical Provision for Young Adults under the Spotlight

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Byline: HELEN RAE

TEENAGERS with long-term health problems will benefit from a PS2m research grant to improve their care.

A new study was launched in the North East today to assess whether youngsters with chronic medical issues are receiving the best healthcare possible from the NHS as they move towards adult services.

Led by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with researchers at Newcastle University and other institutions around the country, the programme will examine how treatment and care should be best delivered for teenagers as they leave childhood services.

From about the age of 16, young patients become more responsible for their own health needs and the five-year research scheme, called Transition, aims to improve the lives of teenagers with a variety of medical problems.

Funded by a PS2m grant from the National Institute for Health Research, experts will focus on chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma, conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, as well as mental health issues.

Prof Allan Colver, consultant paediatrician at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and professor of community child health at Newcastle University, is leading the programme. …