The Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) role is a key element in supporting health services in the implementation of the Children and Families Act and the scope of the role is very broad. The key responsibilities of the DCO are as follows:
- Oversight – across all health professionals delivering healthcare to individual disabled children, young people and those with special educational needs
- Coordination – in relation to the Local Offer, process for mediation arrangements regarding the health elements of the EHC plan and EHC assessments with other key assessments such as Children & Young People’s Continuing Care assessments and Looked After Children Health assessments
- Strategic – contribution to the development of a joint commissioning strategy and participation and engagement strategy.
Emma Powell is the current DCO for Liverpool and Sefton. If you would like to contact the DCO, please use the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org