COMMERCIAL: NHS South of Tyne and Wear has awarded a contract for its specialist community child and adolescent mental health and learning disability service, following a consultation with children and families on how they would like to see services delivered.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Action for Children, Barnardo’s and Investing in Children, has been awarded the contract by NHS South of Tyne and Wear, working on behalf of Sunderland Teaching Primary PCT, Gateshead PCT, South Tyneside PCT.

The new service will launch in October and will provide services for children and young people with complex, severe or persistent mental health needs and learning disabilities in Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead.