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.

Dorset has a wide range of health services for children and young people from birth to 25 years with SEND, including these services:

  • doctors
  • pharmacists
  • dentists
  • optometrists
  • community
  • hospital

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.

This section of our Local Offer provides details of health services across Dorset with links to their websites. You can find out more information on their websites about how they work and how they might be able to support you and your child.

Services on our Local Offer health section

Services are grouped into 3 levels:

  • universal services: they are available in the local area for everyone and do not need a referral. They include GPs, dentists and hospitals
  • targeted services: for those who may have difficulties with an area of their health or are at risk of developing difficulties. For these services you may need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency
  • specialised services: for those with severe or complicated health needs. For these services you need a referral from a GP, health professional or other agency

Find Local Offer health information:

Services for all

Specialist services

Preparing for adulthood and health

Health information, advice and support 

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