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Designated Medical Officer

The Designated Medical Officer for children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities provides the point of contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who may have SEN or disabilities, and provides a contact for Clinical Commissioning Groups or health providers so that appropriate notification can be given to the local authority of children who they think may have SEN or disabilities.

This is a non-statutory role which would usually be carried out by a paediatrician, but there is local flexibility for the role to be undertaken by a suitably competent qualified and experienced nurse or other health professional (in which case the role would be the Designated Clinical Officer).


Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 – 25 years Statutory Guidance for Organisations who work with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (2014).

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