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If you have a child with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND), it's likely you'll come into contact with a number of different health and social care professionals.

Dorset has a wide range of health services for children and young people from birth to 25 including GPs, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, community and hospital services. These are known as universal services, as they are available to everyone.

Below are services with brief descriptions and links to websites so can find out more information about how services work and how they might be able to support you and your child or young person:


Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the local NHS organisation responsible for commissioning many local health services for residents registered with a GP. Dorset CCG buys health services on behalf of people across Dorset. The CCG works in partnership with Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole councils to support SEND services.

Find out more about the Dorset CCG on their website.

Find out about the Dorset CCG's Statement of Intent which covers the commissioned services for children and young people with SEND.

Designated Medical Officer

The Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) supports Dorset and the CCG to meet its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The DCO also agrees the health services within an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Dorset CCG's Designated Clinical Officer (DCO), Steve Clarke, joined Dorset CCG in April 2018. You can contact him on

Contact the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group at its Poole or Dorchester offices