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 Group
Vespasian House
Barrack Road



Telephone: 01305 368900


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



Telephone: 01202 541400