The Designated Clinical Officer can help you find out how to access health advice for children and young people who may have special educational needs and/or a disability.

Who does the Designated Clinical Officer work with?

The DCO works with the Local Authority, Schools and Colleges to act as a point of contact for Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. They provide a point of contact for health providers for children and young people of compulsory school age (5 - 18 years old) and those with Education, Health and Care plans.

How does the Designated Clinical Officer work with schools?

As well as acting as a point of health contact the DCO can advice schools on their duties under the Department of Education’s (2014) Supporting Pupils At School With Medical Conditions guidance.

What else does the Designated Clinical Officer do?

The DCO is also involved in the joint commissioning to make sure children with special educational needs and/or a disability have access to assessed Health, Education and Social Care support from core services. If a child or young person has complex health needs they can be assessed for Children’s Continuing Care. If the child or young person meets this criteria but core services cannot meet the specialist needs the DCO can consider how additional help at home or school can be put into place.

The Children’s Continuing Health Care criteria is for children and young people up to 18 years of age. Post 18 they can be referred and assessed for Adult Continuing Health Care.
The DCO can also work with partner agencies in cases that require mediation services to resolve disputes and work to resolve issues outside of tribunal.

The DCO also works with the Local Authority to consider Personal Budgets for those who have requested one and meet the criteria.

Who are the Designated Clinical Officers in Bristol?

Jane Guvenir - Designated Clinical Officer

Sara Palmer - Assistant Designated Clinical Officer


This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.


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