The SEND Code of Practice 2015 says:

Local authorities, CCGs and other partners must work together in local Health and Wellbeing Boards to assess the health needs of local people, including those with SEN or who are disabled. (1.19)

Local authorities and health bodies must have arrangements in place to plan and commission education, health and social care services jointly for children and young people with SEN or disabilities. (1.23)


Suffolk is served by three Clinical Commissioning Groups, depending on where you live.

Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG

West Suffolk CCG

Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG

Health and Wellbeing Boards are required to develop Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies, to support prevention, identification, assessment and early intervention and a joined-up approach.

CCG's (Clinical Commissioning Groups) are responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.

As local authorities are responsible for public health, the Suffolk CCGs work closely with them through their Health and Wellbeing board. They work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the local community by developing a joint needs assessment and strategy for improving public health.

The Suffolk Local Offer is where to go for information about health services and provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities including:


  • services to support children and young people with medical conditions in education
  • speech and language, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, and services relating to mental health 
  • wheelchair services and community equipment, children’s community nursing, continence services
  • palliative, respite and continuing care for children with complex health needs
  • support for young people when moving between children to adult healthcare services


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