Mental Health Services and support

Designated Clinical Officer Special Education Needs and Disabilities 0-25

The Children and Families Act 2014 places a statutory duty on the NHS, both commissioners and provider authorities, to deliver the best support to children and young people and those between the ages of 0 and 25 with special education needs.

North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed, on behalf of the 5 Hampshire CCG’s, a full-time Designated Clinical/Medical Officer (DCO/DMO) providing support for Special Education Needs and Disabilities, aged 0-25.

The key work streams for the DCO include:

  • Leading the support provided to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to ensure they meet their statutory duties for children and young people with special educational need aged 0-25, providing assurance and scrutiny to the Director of Quality in each CCG.
  • Developing effective ways of gaining the views of children, young people, families, and local communities with user experience of special education needs and/or disabilities
  • Acting as strategic and operational health lead for the Education Health and Care Plan Pathway.
  • Acting as an expert resource for children and young people’s health for information, advice, guidance and support for families and professionals.
  • Determining budgets available in current services, making decisions about spending by committing resources through the implementation of personal budgets and non-commissioned NHS services.
  • Providing support to and challenging senior medical colleagues, such as paediatricians and GPs.
  • Leading and coordinating a network approach with DMOs/DCOs across the country
  • Acting as lead health contact for young people aged 19-25 and identifying the most appropriate lead clinician for the young Person’s education health and care plan (EHCP).

To contact the Designated Clinical Officer:


For further information about the DMO/DCO please follow the link below:

Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust

We are one of the leading providers of specialist mental health, drug and alcohol and learning disability services for people of all ages in southern England.

Web: Tel: 0300 55 55 222

18 Mole Business Park, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AD

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hampshire

The provision of Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hampshire is the responsibility of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, see here for more information.


Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Surrey

CAMHS teams assess and treat children and young people who present with mild, moderate or severe and complex concerns which are having a significant impact on a their development and are causing them and/or their carers distress.

Web: Tel: 0300 55 55 222

18 Mole Business Park, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AD

Surrey Early Support Service for young children with disabilities

Surrey Early Support Service (SESS) is for families who need extra help to raise a young child with disabilities and special needs and anyone who works regularly with these children and their families.

They coordinate services and make sure everyone involved is aware of the overall needs of the child and the family. The more services a family uses and the greater the number of people who are involved, the more likely it is that they can help.


Surrey County Council County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DN

Tel: 03456 009 009

Community Mental Health (Hampshire)

Mental Health Teams are run jointly by the Health Service and Adult Services, and deal with people's health and social care needs. They help people in the community, whether they have just become ill, have a short-term illness, or need on-going support (for example, if they have a long-term illness, or after they have been discharged from a psychiatric hospital).


Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ

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