About the Transition Taskforce

Together for Short Lives has established a Transition Taskforce to lead the development of a co-ordinated strategic approach to providing care and support to young people with life-limiting conditions.

Read our transition evaluation report from Coventry University.

You can also read our strategy for the next two years of the Transition Taskforce.

Who is involved in the Transition Taskforce?

The Transition Taskforce is chaired by David Strudley, Chief Executive at Acorns Children’s Hospice and led by Lizzie Chambers at Together for Short Lives. The Taskforce is informed by a stakeholder group which includes representatives from key partner organisations including Hospice UK, National Council for Palliative Care, Marie Curie Cancer Care, SCOPE and the Preparing for Adulthood Programme.

The Transition Taskforce approach


The Taskforce will build on the existing evidence, and strengthen the excellent partnerships that have been developed over recent years, and will use this approach to inform all of its activities. It will be inclusive, working with everyone who has an interest in improving transition for young adults with life-limiting conditions.  Read more about the Taskforce approach. 

The Taskforce has six key areas of work which aim to meet the following strategic objectives:

  • To stimulate service development and partnerships between adult and children’s service providers at national, regional and local levels through supporting local and regional transition champions and networks.
  • To provide information and develop best practice guidance and training for those working in transition or with young adults with life-limiting conditions.
  • To engage with young adults and parents to inform our work and provide a platform to voice their needs.
  • To raise awareness of and provide information about the needs of young adults with life-limiting conditions.
  • To influence the policy and commissioning agenda in relation to transition and develop a strong and united voice on transition for young people with life-limiting conditions.
  • To enable the development of sustainable funding for services to support young adults with life-limiting conditions.

A Framework for Service Development and Funding has been produced and is a key means through which we plan to realise our vision, as a resource mapping out how transition services can be developed at a local and regional level, suggesting models of funding and delivery that should provide the specialist support young people need in a sustainable way.

Transition Times

We produce the Transition Taskforce newsletter to keep you up to date with our progress and enable as many people as possible to get involved. You can read the latest editions by clicking below or join the Taskforce to be put on the mailing list:

Transition Times February 2017

Transition Times November 2016

Transition Times August 2016

Transition Times January 2016

Transition Times November 2015