If you're a young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), or you're a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND, it's likely you'll need to work with a range of different health services and health care professionals to access support.

Some health services are available to everyone and some may need a referral from a professional such as your GP, paediatrician or your child's school.

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For people who may have difficulties with an area of their health or are at risk of developing difficulties. You may need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency for these services:

Specialist services

For people with severe or complicated health needs. You need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency for these services:

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Designated clinical officer (DCO) for SEND

The DCO and the associate designated clinical officer (ADCO) for SEND work with and support:

  • health providers
  • Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • BCP Council
  • Dorset Council

They help them meet their statutory responsibilities as set out in the SEND Code of Practice (under the Children's and Families Act 2014).

The DCO also agrees the health services within an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for Dorset CCG

Name: Steve Clarke
Email: steve.clarke@dorsetccg.nhs.uk
Full contact details

Associate Designated Clinical Officer (ADCO) for Dorset CCG

Name: Chloe Morley
Email: chloe.morley@dorsetccg.nhs.uk
Full contact details