Health service transitions

The Healthcare Service users Transitions (HST) study investigates the transition of service users (patients 16-18 years old) when they leave the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust.

The primary goal of this project is to understand the HST process in the context of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust Mental Health services and make recommendations on how to improve it. The questions targeted in this study are: What happens before, during and after this transition (when young service users leave CAMHS)? How is the transition planned and who is involved in the planning? What are the best practices and can they be used across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust? What can be improved?


To get answers to these questions, the study focuses on the perspectives of the stakeholders involved in this puzzle. This includes mostly service providers from CAMHS and the Adult Mental Health Services, i.e. psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses and other mental health team members; ex-service users, i.e. young people over the age of 18, no longer in the care of CAMHS; carers of (ex) service users; the ‘transitions team’ of the Cambridgeshire County Council; and other NGOs/charities that offer mental health services to patients after they leave CAMHS.


Our main partner in this project is Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information contact: Angela Aristidou, Judge Business School,


Download the briefing paper on Health Service Transitions.