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Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare Toolkit

A toolkit to support delivery of “Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare” in the NHS

What is this NHS toolkit about, and who is it for?

This toolkit gives practical suggestions about how healthcare can be tailored to young people’s needs as they develop and change through adolescence into young adulthood – such care is termed ‘Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare’ – or DAH.

The toolkit is designed to support everyone working in the NHS, from clinicians to chief executives, to promote the health of young people and to play their part in making healthcare work for this age group.

Click on the image below to access the toolkit.


Find out more about Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare and the Transition research programme findings

The Transition research programme disseminates information about Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare and Transition and we would be happy to send you updates.

We would also be interested to hear what you think about the toolkit and how you are using it in your trust.

Please send us your information by completing this form:

If you would prefer, you can email your information to transition@ncl.ac.uk

When filling in a form or survey on the site you may be asked to fill in information about yourself. This is a secure site and this information will only be used for the purpose stated in each case. We will not distribute personal information collected in this way to any 3rd party (unless this has been communicated to you).

Any comments you submit to the Trust will be treated as confidential and will be safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 (GDPR).


About Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare

Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare (DAH) recognises the changing biopsychosocial developmental needs of young people and the need to empower young people by embedding health education and health promotion in consultations. In operational terms DAH focuses on the approach of healthcare providers to engage with each young person and their carers alongside the structure of the organisations in which care takes place.


The NIHR funded Transition research programme

Providing health services that support effective and successful transition of young people with long term conditions from childhood to adulthood is an NHS priority. A programme of research funded by the NIHR has focused on the question of how health services can do this effectively. A key finding of this research is the need to provide Developmentally Appropriate Healthcare for all young people from 10-24 years.

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