This page tells you about health services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families.

This page tells you about health services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families.

Health services are delivered by a number of different organisations including Northumberland County Council. If you have any questions regarding any of the health services in the local offer, and whether your child might benefit from referral, please discuss these with your GP or any of the existing health professionals involved with the care of your child.

Health Services

Local health services are provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and Newcastle Hospitals who provide care in your home, from your GP practice, in a primary care centre, and for children in schools.

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Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

Children’s Services
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides care and treatment for children aged 0-18 years in hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham as well as services in the community including

  • Audio screening
  • Children’s Community Nursing
  • Healthy Weight Service
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Health visiting
  • Hospital Services
  • Paediatrician Service
  • Paediatric Dietetic Service
  • School Nursing Service
  • Speech and Language Therapy
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Dental Services
Northumbria Dental Service provides specialised NHS dental treatment and oral health promotion services for adults and children in Northumberland and North Tyneside who have been referred by a medical or dental practitioner or other health or social care professional. For more information visit

Equipment and Loan Services
If you have social care or health needs, the Joint Equipment Loans Service (JELS) can provide equipment to help you to live independently at home. The equipment  provided can help protect you from accidents, assist you with carrying out day to day tasks, and make it easier for people to care for you. Providing the right equipment can also help you to move back home after being in hospital. For more information on the equipment and loan services click here.

Access to out of hours health services
If you have an illness or injury and need medical help outside of normal working hours there are lots of local services available to you such as pharmacies and out of hours GP services. For more information on out of hours health services click here.

Northumberland Tyne and Wear, NHS Trust

Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS)
The Children and Young People’s Service provides a single service to all children and young people aged 0-18 years living in Northumberland who present with mental health difficulties. This includes children and young people who may have learning difficulties and those living in a range of difficult and challenging circumstances.

The service is able to provide:
  • Assessment, diagnosis and intervention on a range of mental health issues.
  • Intensive response and home-based treatment for those children and young people whose mental health is causing significant concern.
  • An intensive Eating Disorder Service to support children and young people on the eating disorder pathway who are at risk of an inpatient admission.
  • A comprehensive transition support package to those young people who are approaching their 18th birthday and may need continuing support as adults.
  • Training, consultation, support and advice to front line staff working in targeted services for children.

For more information visit

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offer a wider range of specialist services. These include: 
St Oswald's Hospice offer respite breaks and care for children and young adults with progressive, life shortening conditions. For more information visit St Oswald's Hospice.

Annual Health Check for people with learning disabilities

Click here to view the annual health check for people with learning disabilities.

Personal Health Budget

A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the health and wellbeing needs of you or someone you care for. They are designed to improve the healthcare of you or the person you care by offering more choice and control over the support and services you get.
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Continuing Care

Children and young people may receive a "continuing care package" if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone. To be eligible for NHS continuing care, you must be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals (a "multidisciplinary team") as having a "primary health need". You can find out more about the children and young people's continuing care national framework here

Voluntary and community sector support

The Alan Shearer Centre is a specialist, respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. The centre provides:
  • a specialist recreational, sensory and social resource for disabled people of all ages
  • respite breaks in a safe and specially adapted environment for people with a range of disabilities and behavioural issues
  • residential accommodation for adults with profound and multiple disabilities
For more information visit the Alan Shearer Centre.