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Accessing specialist health services

Information about universal and targeted health care services, and how to access the Care Navigation Service.

Universal services are those, such as health visiting and school nursing, that are available to everybody and which all children and young people access. You are likely to first access these services following a visit to your GP or health professional.

Targeted services will involve offering support to children and young people with a disability, a medical condition and/or a special educational need who will probably be supported by one or more of these services through their life.


Normally you will be referred to targeted services by health professionals or agencies e.g. GPs or schools.

Details of both universal and targeted services available in the community for children and adults and can be accessed through Leicestershire Partnership Trusts.

For the purpose of the Leicestershire Local Offer we have worked together with health professionals to highlight some of the main services you might access:

Designated Clinical Officer (DCO)

Designated Clinical Officers, amongst other duties, support the co-ordination of the health services for children and young people with SEND. Find out more:

What is a DCO and who are your DCO team for SEND  Opens new window

Care Navigation Service

Finding the right sort of help across Health and Care can be difficult so a Care Navigator service has been developed to help you.

Care Navigators support the 0-19 Neighbourhood Clinicians in your area. This team includes: School Nurses, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Assistant Practitioners and other Therapists that work within Family and Young Person Care (FYPC). They can support you to:

  • Get the right services to support you
  • Find local support networks
  • Share the right information with professionals more easily
  • Help co-ordinate health appointments

Care Navigation and The Neighbourhood Team

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