Designated clinical officer

What is the role of the designated clinical officer?

The designated clinical officer for children and young people 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) supports the five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Norfolk and Waveney in meeting their statutory responsibilities for children and young people with SEND by supporting the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.

The designated clinical officer provides the point of contact for local authorities, early years, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who may have SEND. 

The role also provides a point of contact for clinical commissioning groups and health providers so that processes are in place to ensure that appropriate notification can be given to the local authority of children who they think may have SEND.

The designated clinical officer is the key point of contact between the local NHS and the Local Authority, and should help facilitate the Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) process and navigate the local health systems.

Is the role known by different names in children’s services and adult services?

No, the designated clinical officer covers both Children’s and Adult Services and while hosted by Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG works for all the CCGs in Norfolk:

  • Great Yarmouth and Waveney (HealthEast) CCG
  • Norwich CCG
  • West Norfolk CCG
  • South Norfolk CCG
  • North Norfolk CCG