Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) helps Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to meet its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and agrees the health services within an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

About the service

For further advice or information please contact: Louise Adams, Designated Clinical Officer on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For the Local Offer please visit the council website: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/thelocaloffer


The Designated Clinical Officer:

  • Provides a contact for the CCG or health providers so that appropriate notification can be given to the local authority of children under 5 years who they think may have SEN or a disability.
  • Supports joined up working between health services and local authorities for children, young people and adult services (0-25 years).
  • Promotes communication of advice to local authorities, schools and colleges regarding the health needs of children and young people who may have SEND
  • Supports schools with their duties under the ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ guidance. 
  • Has a lead role in ensuring that there is an awareness and understanding of the SEND Reforms by local Health providers of services.
  • Supports the requirement for local health services that are already involved in meeting the health and medical needs of a child or young person with SEND to contribute to an assessment of all their needs. This is usually given by means of a report to support the application and preparation of an Education Health and Care Plan. The advice should include details of the support and/or care that a child requires to meet the outcomes agreed by the child or young person, their parents or carers, and the health provider.

The DCO is not routinely involved in assessments or planning for individuals, except in the course of their usual clinical practice, but would be responsible for ensuring that assessment, planning and health support is carried out by health providers.