Designated clinical and medical officer for SEND

Each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) must provide a designated medical officer (DMO) or designated clinical officer (DCO) dedicated to children with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Their role is to:

  • Provide a point of contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who have been identified as having SEND and when specialist health advice is required.
  • Has oversight to ensure that assessment, planning and health support is carried out for children and young people with SEND, recognising the requirement to incorporate the transition to adult services and up to the age of 25.
  • Provide advice to the CCG and local authority in relation to strategic planning and the commissioning of services in relation to children and young people with SEND.

You can contact your local DCO or DMO via the CCG.

If you have a formal complaint about a health service your child has received you need to contact the local NHS trust which provided the care via their formal complaints process. This will usually be described on their website. Or you could try their patient advice and liaison service (PALS) team.