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There are a range of health services available for children and young people aged 0-25 based on the individual’s health needs. Children with special educational needs and disabilities are able to access these services directly, these services are known as ‘universal’ in that they are available to everyone.

You can search for NHS health care services in your local area such as GPs, hospitals, dentists, pharmacists, opticians, support groups and other health care support or, you can use our interactive map to pinpoint your local GP surgery.

Health Services in Suffolk are planned and bought for the local community by the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). There are also some public health services that protect and improve the health of local communities in Suffolk which are planned and bought by Suffolk County Council.

In some cases, your child may need specialised services that are planned and bought by NHS England Midlands and East of England regional team. The NHS England Midlands and East of England regional team oversees the work that is done by Clinical Commissioning Groups in Suffolk and is also responsible for planning and buying primary care and specialist services in Suffolk such as GPs, Dentists, Inpatient child and adolescent mental health services. NHS England also deals with the buying of ‘complex disability equipment’.

The links below in "useful information" break down the services that are available by location (these pages are currently being updated).

Designated Clinical Officers

The three CCGs in Suffolk have appointed Designated Clinical Officers (DCO) whose primary role is:

  • Providing advice to local authorities, schools and colleges regarding the health needs of children and young people who may have SEN or disabilities, including navigating the local health system.
  • Providing a contact for health providers so that appropriate notification can be given to the local authority of children under compulsory school age who they think may have SEN or disabilities.
  • Supporting schools with their duties under the ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ guidance.
  • The DCO is not routinely involved in assessments or planning for individuals, except in the course of their usual clinical practice, but would be responsible for ensuring that assessment, planning and health support is carried out by health providers.

To contact the DCO for Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG & West Suffolk CCG, email

To contact the DCO for Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, email

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