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What is a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)?
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) directs that partners should provide a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) or Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) (or both) to support the Clinical Commissioning Group in meeting its statutory requirements for SEND. The DCO plays a key part in implementing the SEND reforms and in supporting joined up working between health services and local authorities.
Locally, the DCO for SEND is employed by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and provides advice to the CCG and Local Authority in relation to strategic planning and the commissioning of Health services for children and young people with SEND.
More information and contact details for the DCO can be found in the profile document on the right of this page.