Health Services locally
Bournemouth works closely with the local health services across Poole and Dorset to provide health services across the area. You can access some health services through your child’s school, but you may need a hospital referral for others
If you have a child or young person 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.
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) and/or 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 DMO also agrees the health services within an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Steve Clarke is the Designated Clinical Officer for SEND across Dorset.
Contact the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Dorset Clinical Commissioning GroupVespasian HouseBarrack RoadDorchesterDT1 1TG
Telephone: 01305 368900
Dorset Clinical Commissioning GroupCanford HouseDiscovery Court Business Centre551 to 553 Wallisdown RoadPooleBH12 5AG
Telephone: 01202 541400