Specialist health roles in SEND


The South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) should provide:

  • a Designated Medical Officer (DMO), or
  • a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO). 

In South Tyneside we have both a Designated Medical Officer and a Designated Clinical Officer.

They work in close partnership with the Clinical Lead for children with additional needs.

They are clinical (health) champions for children and young people with SEND and their families.  

Together they make sure the health needs of children and young people with SEND are identified and met. 


They have 3 key areas of responsibility:  

  • overseeing health needs in South Tyneside, and the services and support provided
  • coordinating service providers and partner organisations
  • a strategic role in the joint commissioning of services and co-production (co-production is where service users are involved in creating policies and services)