NHS England

NHS England leads the National Health Services (NHS) in England.

Watch this 'How does the NHS in England work?' video for a brief explanation of how the NHS in England works.

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (Dorset CCG)

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (Dorset CCG) is the NHS organisation responsible for planning, developing and funding health care services for the local population.

Dorset CCG is made up of a range of professionals, including all GP practices across the county and others from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. 

Dorset CCG is accountable to its governing body which makes sure that it fulfils its duties and responsibilities effectively and efficiently whilst being value for money. 

The CCG is responsible for commissioning:

  • planned hospital care
  • urgent and emergency care, including the 111 service
  • community health services
  • mental health and learning disabilities
  • rehabilitation care
  • maternity, children’s and family services
  • NHS continuing healthcare
  • primary care

Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)

The Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for SEND supports the local authorities and health organisations to meet their statutory responsibilities for children and young people with SEND. 

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

The DCO for Dorset CCG is Steve Clarke:

Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for Dorset CCG

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

Steve is supported by the Associate Designated Clinical Officer (ADCO) for SEND, Chloe Morley:

Associate Designated Clinical Officer (ADCO) for Dorset CCG

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

Public Health Dorset

Public Health Dorset commissions public health services to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the population across Dorset. Public Health Dorset has an emphasis on reducing health inequalities.

Public Health Dorset work closely with the local authorities to achieve public health benefits through council services. 

Public Health Dorset is involved in commissioning:

  • NHS Health Checks
  • sexual health services
  • health visiting
  • school nursing
  • drug and alcohol treatment
  • LiveWell Dorset

Changes to health and care

The government wants to reform how health and care is organised.

Integrated care systems (ICS) are partnerships that bring together providers and commissioners of NHS services across areas with local authorities and other local partners.

On 1 April 2022 the ICS will become a new corporate organisation. This change is happening across England.

Read more about what the ICS changes mean and how we want to make ICSs as strong and effective as possible through partnership working.

The new ICS organisation will be doing a lot of the work that already takes place now, including commissioning of services, but its scope will be broader and will include some new functions. Some of the services currently commissioned by NHS England will move to the new integrated care system.

This information may change after April 2022. We'll keep you updated about our new ways of working.

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