Home Health Dr Tony Romero, Cygnet Health Care: Hospital Education for Young People

Dr Tony Romero, Cygnet Health Care: Hospital Education for Young People


Established in 1988, Cygnet Health Care has developed a full spectrum of services for people with complex mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism in the United Kingdom. The organisation has earned a strong reputation for its pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in its care.

Dr Tony Romero, Cygnet Health Care CEO, is committed to providing continued education alongside hospital treatment. This article will explore educational facilities and hospital school provisions delivered to young people by Cygnet Health Care.

As Head of Education, Ed Hall oversees Cygnet Health Care’s hospital school provision for young people. In a blog post published on the Cygnet Health Care website, he outlines how the organisation delivers education to young people receiving hospital treatment for mental health issues.

As Mr Hall explains, education plays a huge role in recovery, as school is one of the biggest occupations in a young person’s life. Cygnet Health Care’s vision is to continue to rebuild the relationship its service users have with education, prioritising learning as an integral component in their onward recovery journey and recognising that hope, belonging and ambition are integral to the wellbeing of the young people in its care.

Over the course of the last 35 years, Cygnet Health Care has developed a wide range of social care and health services for people with mental health needs, autism and learning disabilities in the UK. Operating with the values of integrity, trust, respect, empower and care, Cygnet Health Care prides itself on the services it offers, enabling the individuals in its care to achieve and consistently helping to make a positive difference in their lives through service-user focused rehabilitation and care.

Cygnet Health Care offers a range of specialist Children and Adolescent services, supporting young people in both Tier 4 Acute, psychiatric intensive care and low secure environments. Cygnet Health Care’s Children and Adolescents Services team operates with the overriding objective of helping young people to stabilise and return home as soon as possible.

As Mr Hall points out, due to the emergency nature of many admissions, young people may arrive at Cygnet Health Care with little handover of their current or previous schooling. Within 72 hours of their admission, Cygnet Health Care completes a prompt and thorough information gathering exercise. Cygnet Health Care promotes the importance of education throughout the young person’s stay, demonstrating its commitment to each child by liaising closely with their school or college and parents or carers to identify their current study programme, academic levels, attendance records, special educational needs and strategies, and any safeguarding issues they need to be aware of.

Therapeutic support is delivered to young people in Cygnet Health Care’s trust via a diverse and specialist multi-disciplinary team, following the care provider’s unique myPath care model. myPath monitors user engagement levels, assessing progress and formulating personalised and dynamic care plans with measurable targets. The aim of myPath is to ensure that, from the moment of admission to the time of their discharge, young people are fully involved in their treatment pathway, while simultaneously receiving a high quality education through specialist facilities.

Claire James