Baysdale provides short break services for children and young people with learning disabilities in Teesside's service.


Roseberry Park

Marton Road, Middlesbrough

Cleveland, TS4 3AF

Tel number: 01642 837308


About the service

Baysdale provides short break respite care to children and young people with learning disabilities and associated healthcare needs. The service covers Teesside, both north and south of the Tees, and the length of the respite can vary, according to the individual needs of the young person and their carers.

Treatment and therapies are offered on an individual person-centred basis.

Staff are trained to care for children with complex physical health needs such as gastrostomy feeding, as well as providing a stable and predictable environment for young people on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD.

Some staff are trained in Sleep Scotland methods and the team has seen success with numerous young people referred for disturbed sleep patterns.

Participation in behavioural observations, as part of an overall challenging behaviour assessment is also offered.

The Baysdale team

The short breaks service team, part of the child and adolescent mental health service, is a multi-disciplinary team which includes:

  • Clinical team manager
  • Clinical leads
  • Staff nurses (RNLD and RSCN)
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Administrative staff.

How to access the service

Referrals to the service can come from professionals involved with children not currently using the service, carers, GPs or advocates.

Once a referral is received, the referral will be allocated to one of the staff nurses, who will contact the parent/carer to arrange a visit to assess whether the child meets the admission criteria.

Once the child is accepted for the service the staff nurse will do a comprehensive assessment of the child’s abilities and needs. From this assessment, a care plan and intervention plans will be formulated.

The care plan and intervention plans will provide the directions to the staff on how to care for and support the child during their time in the service. The staff nurse who formulates the care and intervention plans, will be the named nurse for the child. This means that they will be the first point of reference for the parents/carers, and will be the person who updates any information which changes for the child.

About Baysdale unit


Baysdale has 6 bedrooms, 5 of which have beds with some degree of profiling functionality. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room, storage space for personal belongings and a notice board for displaying photographs or artwork the child may have brought with them or created during their stay. Each bedroom has a TV aerial socket, an electric shaver socket in the en-suite and a wall mounted bedside light.

Lounge/sitting rooms

There are two sitting rooms, each of which has a television and open onto the  large enclosed garden, which provides a safe environment for activities.


There is an assisted shower room with a wheeled shower bed and safety flooring, and a bathroom with a standard fixed bath.


In the centre of the main communal area there is a spacious play/activity room which can be used for one to one or group sessions. There are portable DVD players, CD/radios, a wide range of toys and books available for use by the young people who use the service.

Children and young people are encouraged to participate in recreational activities according to their preferences and needs. Examples of activities include hair and beauty sessions, ball games, musical interactive games, social outings in the unit vehicle or walks to the local amenities.

Many of the young people who currently use the service bring favourite toys, DVDs or games with them, which they use during their stay.

Dining area and kitchen

The dining room is located next to the galley style kitchen which has all of the usual appliances. The dining room is used for basic cookery sessions, activity sessions as well as meetings.

Mealtimes vary, but the evening meal tends to be served between 4pm and 6pm. On school mornings, breakfast will be served anytime from 7am onwards and on the weekend or during school holidays, breakfast can be taken a little later for those young people who like a lie-in.

Visiting times

Parents and carers are free to visit whenever they wish during their child’s stay, as there are no set visiting times. It is however, advisable to telephone in advance in case the child concerned has gone out with one of the staff.