|Title||Transition and Transfer of Young People and Adolescents|
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST, with respect to the transition and transfer of adolescents into adult services, will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge and perform a specialist assessment and treatment of patients demonstrating the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist within a patient focused service and in particular will be able to manage a young person with audiovestibular problems through the process of transition and transfer.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply their expert knowledge required with respect to the:
- process of transition.
- needs of young people and adolescents with permanent hearing loss from childhood and their attitudes to their need for care.
- need to provide a seamless transfer of care from the paediatric to adult services for those with long-standing disorders of hearing and balance.
- needs of learning disabled young people during transition and transfer into adult services.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current evidence and its application to the performance and mastery of a range of technical skills whilst critically reflecting and applying in practice a range of clinical and communication skills to advise and communicate effectively with young people and their families, carers and other healthcare professionals and will:
- discuss the young person’s hearing or balance difficulties with them and enable them to make decisions regarding their future care.
- provide a supportive and informative clinical atmosphere in which the young person can raise sensitive issues about their audiovestibular problems, and associated issues, in their own right, in particular being aware of safeguarding issues in this group of adolescents.reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence
- offer and explain the value of additional investigation into the aetiology of their hearing and balance problems, if appropriate.
- facilitate seamless and appropriate transfer to adult services at the right time for the young person.
- communicate effectively with the adult services about transfer of care to help achieve a coordinated approach and optimal outcomes. In particular, ensure that audiology service provision across the transition period is coordinated including both process and practice.
- seek the views of service users and pursue opportunities to improve the transition into adult services
- reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.
Attitudes and behaviours
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Clinical Scientist in HSST working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- recognise the young person’s need for advice and information about their own hearing and balance difficulties, including advice on the genetic aspects of the condition.
- recognise the difficulties young people face with engaging in health care at the time of transfer and seek to ensure seamless transfer of care.
- recognise the young person’s desire to be autonomous and to be involved in decision making.
- recognise the role of parents, family members, carers, partners or friends in supporting the young person at the time of transition and transfer.
- recognise and value the information available from other agencies and services and respect young people’s preferences in accessing information during transition.
- recognise and value opportunities for peer support at transition through local networks and other agencies.
- recognise the patient’s need for confidentiality.
- have a positive approach towards change to achieve continuous improvement of services, with particular reference to auditing practice, evidence based practice, innovation and new and improved technologies.