Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)
Alex Nancollis gives an overview of her SEND role in Cumbria.
In Cumbria this post sits within North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and is in line with the Code of Practice (June 2014). The Designated Clinical Officer has a role in supporting joined up working between health services and local authorities.
The role of the Designated Clinical Officer is to:
- Ensure the flow of advice to local authorities, schools and colleges regarding the health needs of children and young people who may have SEN or disabilities, including navigating the local health system.
- Ensuring that health services fulfil their duties to provide appropriate notification to the local authority of children under compulsory school age who they think may have SEN or disabilities.
- Supporting schools with their duties under the ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ guidance.
The DCO is not routinely involved in assessments or planning for individuals, except in the course of their usual clinical practice, but would be responsible for ensuring that assessment, planning and health support is carried out by health providers.
|Alex Nancollis Designated Clinical Officer|
Postal Address for Alex:
c/o Children's Specialist Hub
|Business Support to the Designated Clinical Officer|
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
|Email: email@example.com||Tel: 01228 608250|
Who to contact
Where to go
- Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Children's Specialist Hub
Springboard Child Development Centre
- CA2 7HE