The Low Incidence Needs Team (LINT) includes the Hearing Impairment Team and the Visual Impairment Team both of which provide support to pre-school and school-age children in Gateshead. Specialist teachers and support staff hold the necessary mandatory qualifications in the areas of:

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment

These teams provide services which may include home teaching for pre-school children and teaching support for school-age children, information and advice on a child’s hearing/visual impairment and its implications, support with hearing/vision assessments and technologies, assistance with access to specialist equipment, teaching in sign language and Braille if appropriate and supporting participation in leisure and social activities outside of school.

  • Hearing Impairment Team

This team works with children with a hearing impairment (HI) aged 0-25 years. The team consists of consists of specialist teachers and support assistants, specialist speech and language therapist (SALT) and a specialist learning mentor.

  • Visual Impairment Team

The Visual Impairment Team works with children and young people aged 0-25 years with a visual impairment (VI). The team consists of specialist teachers and support assistants, a Habilitation Officer and a specialist learning mentor.


Referrals to LINT are usually made by Health professionals, but can also be made by school/settings and parent/carer.


Contact us:

Amanda Ross (LINT Manager), Nick Cubley (Team Leader for Hearing Impairment)
C/O RNIB Business/MPH
17 Saltmeadows Road

Telephone : 0191 4773186



Gateshead Low Incidence Needs Team: 0191 477 3186

c/o MPH Group, 17 a-b Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead NE8 3AH

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If you have any queries, contact the team on 0191 433 8513.

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