Many children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), will also have medical needs. Different clinical commissioning bodies are responsible for securing the health care provision for these children and young people. They may have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) or an Early Help plan.

The local authority has a specific duty to ensure that joint commissioning includes health care provision for any child or young person with SEND in education or training.

To find out more about how Devon is responding to these duties, take a look at the local offer.
The information in this section is around aspects of the health care provision that are directly connected with the special educational needs and disabilities of your child or young person.

It also gives information and links to other aspects of health care that you may find useful.

EHC plans

Complaints and feedback

For complaints to NEW Devon you will need to contact the Patient Advice and Complaints Team (PACT) this covers the South Hams, West Devon, Plymouth, East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon and Torridge GP practice patients.

They also run a live chat on their website where patients can get direct responses to their queries.

There is also information about a Health Advocacy provision which is through Devon Advocacy Consortium on 0845 231 1900. This is people over 16

To find out more about what is happening in Devon in terms of Health and consumer rights take a look at what Health Watch has to offer.

The Health and Social Care Act


There are services that are commissioned by Devon County Council to provide a range of different therapies and health services. These include;

Physio therapy, Occupational health, CAMHS, Speech and language. To find out more visit Virgin Care Integrated Services

Personal Health Budgets

For children with the most complex health care needs, they may be eligible for a continuing health care plan and this may be part of their Personal Health Budget

Children who cannot attend school

Children who cannot attend school due to medical or health needs, will need additional support and provisions put in place.

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