Extra support to keep children and young people out of hospital

Case study summary

Children and young people in the Gateshead area are getting extra support to stop them going into hospital unless absolutely necessary.


David Cook, the area’s new Learning Disability Co-ordinator works with children and young people, their families and support staff to help youngsters stay at home, providing extra support if needed and making sure support is being provided in the best way.

When somebody does have to go into hospital, he makes sure there is a plan to discharge them, and that everyone is working together to make this happen.

David says: “if it wasn’t for this role, families would have to contact lots of different people so I’m here to make sure that services are joined up. I can give cohesive support for young people and their families when they most need it.”