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Refer a young adult to The J’s

The J's is the only service in the local community dedicated to caring for young adults living with complex or incurable conditions.

Who can be cared for by The J’s?

We accept referrals on behalf of any patient aged 16 - 40 years, with complex or incurable conditions from across Essex. All referrals are considered by our multi-disciplinary team. Referrals for young people aged 38+ are taken, with a focus on partnership working with adult services to facilitate onward transition at aged 40.

How can I refer myself/ someone I’m caring for to The J’s?    

Although a referral can be made direct to the hospice by a patient or carer, we do recommend that a professional involved in the patient's care make the initial contact. This way we have all the medical information needed to consider the referral.

Anyone making a referral must have the consent of the patient. For more information on how to refer to The J's, please call the Clinical Team in confidence on 01245 475474 (option 1) or to make a referral directly to the hospice, please click here.

Criteria for referral

The J's will accept patients in line with the following criteria:

  • Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail, where access to palliative care services may be necessary when treatment fails.
  • Conditions where premature death is inevitable, where there may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonged life and allowing participation in normal activities.
  • Progressive conditions without curative treatment options where treatment is exclusively palliative and may commonly extend over many years.
  • Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health conditions and likelihood of premature death. 
  • The patient has specialist palliative / complex care nursing needs.
  • The needs of the patient and family / carer are such that additional supportive care is required, including end of life care.
  • The patient wishes to remain at home as far as possible.
  • The GP consents to the referral.
  • The patient consents to the referral or the referral is made in the patient's best interest.