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 the 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

 

Designated Medical/Clinical Officer

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) must provide a designated medical officer (DMO) or designated clinical officer (DCO). The DMO/DCO plays a key part in implementing the SEND reforms and in supporting joined up working between health services, local authorities, schools and colleges. The DMO/DCO provide the point of contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who may have SEN or disabilities. 

 

The Council for Disabled Children have provided some advice and guidance on what the two roles could look like here:

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/designated-medical-officer-and-designated-clinical-officer-revised-handbook

 

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
  • A Children’s Health Commissioner who supports the analysis of information and strategic decision making around SEND

 

These roles support the CCG and LA with strategic and operational aspects of SEND through:

  • Attendance and input at relevant strategic partnership boards within the CCG and LA
  • Attendance and input at relevant operational groups supporting SEND within the CCG and LA
  • Providing clinical comment and SEND perspective on the development of policies, pathways and services as required by the LA and CCG
  • Supporting liaison and developing relationships between health and other partners; social care; local authority education teams; nurseries, schools and colleges etc.
  • Advice to local authority about specific questions related to health conditions and interventions
  • Advice to health providers about specific questions related to SEND pathways and processes
  • Advice on individual cases as requested by schools/local authority/health.
  • Supporting joint working, assessment and commissioning for individual complex cases and the development of systems and processes for joint funding panel, children’s continuing care and care.
  • Supporting and developing the health advice/information in relation to the EHCP processes at all stages
  • Supporting the Local authority with health aspects of SEND tribunals as required.
  • Attendance/advice to SEN review/Assessment Panel
  • Advice to local authority about specific questions related to health conditions and interventions
  • Advice on individual cases as requested by schools/local authority
  • Monitor and audit provision of health information related to SEND and suggest improvements where applicable.

 

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: SEND_partnershipservice@bathnes.gov.uk or visit the SEND Partnership Service webpages www.spsbathnes.org.uk/ where you can find a lot of useful information.

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