Developing the role of Designated Medical Officer

The Designated Medical Officer or Designated Clinical Officer plays a key part in implementing the SEND reforms and in supporting joined up working between health services and local authorities.

CDC has been doing lots of work with clinicians to understand how the Designated Medical Officer (DMO) or Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)can support the vision of the Children & Families Act 2014. We have a comprehensive database of DMO/DCOs across the country and host an email forum that allows peer learning and sharing of practice challenges and solutions. We have also hosted a series of events for DMOs/DCOs, which have provided valuable continuing professional development time specific to this role.

In partnership with DMOs and DCOs we have developed a handbook which will help those new to the role and also commissioners who are recruiting to the role in their area. The Handbook is available from our resources section from the link below.

If you are a DMO or DCO and would like to join the email forum, please email Mathilde Chiesa