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Health support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Health information and support for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.

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

    Find your nearest GP, dentist or pharmacist using NHS Choices search.

  2. Select an area you'd like more information about:

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  4. Commissioning

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

    Dr Yap has now finished his contract as the Designated Medical Officer for Dorset but continues as a Consultant Paediatrician at Dorset County Hospital.

    A new Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) will be joining Dorset CCG in April 2018. In the interim, please contact Lisa Emblen to arrange a telephone appointment with Anne Salter, Head of Children's Services at Dorset CCG, or another representative:


    Telephone: 01305 368057

    Contact the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group



    Telephone: 01305 368900

    Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
    Vespasian House
    Barrack Road
    DT1 1TG



    Telephone: 01202 541400

    Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
    Canford House
    Discovery Court Business Centre
    551 to 553 Wallisdown Road
    BH12 5AG

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