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Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)


Designated Clinical Officer Special Education Needs and Disabilities 0-25

The Children and Families Act 2014 places a statutory duty on the NHS, both commissioners and provider authorities to deliver the best support to children and young people and those with special education needs for 0-25.

North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed, on behalf of the 5 Hampshire CCG’s, a full time Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) providing support for Special Education Needs and Disabilities, aged 0-25.

The key work streams for the DCO include:

  • Lead the support to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to ensure they meet their statutory duties for children and young people with special educational need aged 0-25, proving assurance and scrutiny to the Director of Quality in each CCG.
  • Develop effective ways to gain the views of children, young people, families, and local communities with user experience of special education needs and/or disabilities
  • Act as strategic and operational health lead for the Education Health and Care Plan Pathway.
  • Act as an expert resource for children and young people’s health for information, advice, guidance and support for families and professionals.
  • Determine budgets available in current services, make decisions about spend by committing resources through the implementation of personal budgets and non-commissioned NHS services.
  • Provide support and challenge to senior medical colleagues such as paediatricians and GPs.
  • Lead and coordinate a network approach with the DMO/DCO across the country
  • Act as lead health contact for young people aged 19-25 and identify the most appropriate lead clinician for the young Person’s EHCP.

To contact the Designated Clinical Officer: Email

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