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Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)


Each Clinical Commissioning Group should provide a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) or Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for SEND. The DCO plays a key role in implementing and embedding the SEND reforms and in supporting joined up working between health services, local authorities and other SEND partners.

The DCO supports health colleagues across the CCG, local and tertiary Health Providers and the Local Authority to ensure children and young people 0-25 with SEND have the right health support to achieve the best outcomes they possibly can.

This includes by providing clinical support and guidance in relation to the Education, Health and Care Plan process, this includes by working collaboratively with children, young people, parents / carers and professionals to improve the quality of Education, Health and Care Plan, supporting the SEND team at the local authority with questions and queries around health related matters.

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  • Updated: 12 Aug 2022