Key roles within children’s health services

An introduction to some of the health professionals and specialist services in children’s health.

Health services

Local health services available to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Designated clinical officers

Contact your designated clinical officer (DCO).

NHS trusts

Local hospital trust websites.


External link to NHS Choices.

GP services

External link to NHS Choices.

Hospice care for children

Care provided by the voluntary sector.

NHS continuing healthcare

Free care for adults outside of hospital arranged and funded by the NHS (external link to NHS).


Have your say about health and social care or get advice on how to take forward a complaint, or resolve an issue (external link).

Youth zone

Information for young people including emotional wellbeing, health and fitness.

Other sources of information, advice and support

The NHS website has the following advice:

Contact - supports families with disabled children with advice and information to get the right support. Their website provides information and links to support for many medical conditions.

Easyhealth – a collection of easy read documents from different organisations on one website.

National organisations – a list of useful websites including support for specific conditions.

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