Health Co-ordinators are part of the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group. They work closely with us to make sure that your child or young person's health needs are met.
If we agree to start the process of an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment approximately 6 weeks after your request, a Health Co-ordinator (HCO) will then contact you directly within a week of this decision. If you do not feel comfortable speaking on the phone, they will contact you via email or text.
The aim of the discussion is to make sure that during the needs assessment, relevant information is gathered from the right people in the NHS at the earliest opportunity. The SEND code of practice states that the process of assessing should be co-produced with you or you and your young person about their health history.
Throughout the discussion, the HCO asks a series of questions relating to your child or young person's health and will follow a guide to make sure that nothing is missed. To help, you can inform them of your child or young person's medical history, and to have any reports and letters available.
You will also be asked to provide an informed consent to ensure you are aware of who will be contacted and what information is being shared. This is not a legal requirement, but they want to make sure that you and your child or young person are well informed of the health information being shared with other professionals.