Medical Needs Teaching Service

Leeds Children's Hospital and Little Woodhouse Hall

The Learning Zone

Leeds Children’s Hospital is the regional centre for Yorkshire and the Humber treating young people with a range of medical conditions. 

The Learning Zone is based on the 'B' Floor, Clarendon Wing and is well equipped to deliver specialist primary, secondary and SEN teaching.

A quiet study and independent research area, specialist English, maths, science and technology facilities and a suite of computers with Internet access.

Following a morning ward visit by teaching staff a daily timetable is scheduled for all young people who are well enough to receive a lesson.  Medical Needs Teaching Service Staff liaise with medical and health therapists, as part of a multidisciplinary team, to ensure the most appropriate educational provision for each child and young person. Teaching takes place on the wards, at the bedside and in the The Learning Zone. Education staff have a presence in some clinics and work in an outreach capacity to ensure smooth reintegration for the more complex cases. The NHS ward staff identify the children and young people who are medically fit to receive education. For long term and recurrent young people we liaise with their school to determine to obtain curriculum details which enables them to complete similar work to their peers.  After discharge we can advise the school on helping their young people reintegrate and arrange home teaching if necessary.  We maintain progress data, individual personalized education plans, (including lesson plans) which ensures a smooth transition back to their original setting or school.

Ward 94 at St James University Hospital is the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Adult Unit. It is custom built to meet all of the needs of the 18-25 year old cancer patients.  Recognising that they are at a formative time in their lives the unit gives extra support to help them through their cancer journey. Education is an important part of this. Many of the young people are at an important stage of college, university or career decisions and the Specialist Learning Mentor is there to support and assist with all of the practical aspects of this from giving support with applications to contacting colleges, universities and workplaces and advocating on the young person’s behalf.


Little Woodhouse Hall

Little Woodhouse Hall is situated in the centre of Leeds, near the Leeds General Infirmary. The building houses two services, both part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), which are part of Leeds Community Health Care NHS Trust.

Education in the tier 4 CAMHS in-patient unit at Little Woodhouse Hall is of a consistently high quality. The curriculum is delivered by Specialist English, Maths and Science teachers. Support with additional subjects can be provided, and we routinely support young people to access public examinations.

The schoolroom is open 22 hours a week.  Each young person has their own timetable suited to their medical need.  Close liaison is maintained with their mainstream schools requesting curriculum information.

A case manager attends the weekly multi-disciplinary meetings to support both holistic progress.

Bespoke transitional support is provided to facilitate young people integrating back into their mainstream school, new school or alternative provision.

The service also supports students who are NEET, securing college placements, and supporting Year 11 students with post 16 applications.

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