Health Services for children and young people with specialist needs (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Most children will have their health needs met by community health professionals such as GPs, Health Visitors and School Nurses.  However for those who have additional needs, there are a range of other specialist services provided across Bath and North East Somerset Council that support children and young people with additional needs.

Please see below for a list of Health Services available to children or alternatively you can use the search bar to look for a particular service.

Health Services

Links to external websites:

Children's Therapies (Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Royal United Hospital, Bath). 
Children's Speech and Language Therapy
Children’s Bladder and Bowel Service
General Practitioner (GP)s
Health Visitors
School Nursing
Community Paediatric Service
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Children's Community Nursing and Psychology Service
Children's Continuing Care
Children's Hearing Service (Audiology)
Children’s Hospice South West
Hospital Education Reintegration Service (HERS) – for children and young people who cannot attend school due to health/medical needs

What is a Designated Medical Officer (DMO)?

The Children’s and Families Act places a requirement on local partners across Health, Education and Social Care to work together to improve outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs. The SEND Code of Practice suggests that each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) should have a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) or Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) who can play a key role in supporting local arrangements and to support Clinical Commissioning Groups in fulfilling their obligations towards improving outcomes for children and young people.

What are Designated Medical Officer (DMO) arrangements in B&NES?

There are significant variations nationally in how this role has been introduced.  In Bath and North East Somerset we have decided to share the responsibilities and duties expected of the Designated Medical Officer across three different professional roles. These are:

  • A Consultant Paediatrician  who has been allocated additional time to provide both strategic and clinical input to support local SEND processes
  • A Designated Clinical Officer and an Associate Designated Clinical Officer who fulfil the role of Designated Clinical Officer to support individual input and co-ordinate services for children with complex needs.
  • A Children’s Health Commissioner who supports the analysis of information and strategic decision making around SEND

Both the Designated Clinical Officer and Children’s Health Commissioner sit on all SEND and SENDIP (Early Years) Panels and approve the health elements of each plan.

Information, Advice and Support 

If you have any particular queries around health provision for SEND in Bath and North East Somerset and would like impartial information, please contact the SEND Partnership Service on:

Telephone: 01225 394382 or Email: or visit the SEND Partnership Service webpages where you can find a lot of useful information.

If you require further advice please visit our information, advice and support section.