Posted by Alice Irvine on the 23 Nov 2016

Following the College Nurse Team's recent work with ‘Together for Short Lives’, we joined the Southern Regional Action group which were responsible for the Transition Care Conference and exhibition 2016 at held at Treloar’s College in Alton.
The aim of the conference was to support parents, carers and young people to better understand transition issues.
Speakers included :
David Strudley –The Chairman of UK Transition Taskforce – Together for short lives, Liz Mills– Strategic Lead for SEND, Surrey County Council
Alice, an ex-student from Treloar's who talked about her own transition experience
Mrs Gail Bedding – Carer, Parent and Trustee of Challenger’s offering a parents perspective on the complicated maze that is transition!
David O’connor – For Surrey Choices providing information on Employability and Personal Budget and rights.
Belinda Schwehr a former solicitor in Adult Law who able to simplify information around Mental Capacity and Parental responsibility
Carol Ransome from Jack’s Place hospice offering advice on dedicated respite
Ailsa Flinders a Senior Specialist advisor from The Adult Continuing Care Team
During lunch there were a variety of stands from local services, (Including Orchard Hill College!), charities and organisations which provided further information for families and professionals, together with an opportunity for networking .
The day appeared to be extremely beneficial to all who attended with some very positive feedback from families. There are plans to repeat this and plan a larger two-day event next year.