Health providers

The wide range of health services for children and young people in Birmingham are provided by a number of NHS Trusts and some third sector organisations.

You can find a list of your Local Hospitals and Health Service Providers here.

You can find more information about the health services available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities here.

Universal health services are available in the local area for everyone and they do not require a referral.

Targeted and specialist health services are available only for specific needs.

These services often have an eligibility criterion and require a referral that is usually made by GPs, health professionals or another agency. 

NHS commissioning of health services

The role of NHS commissioners is to understand health needs in an area in order to design and purchase the local health services required. Commissioners work closely with health providers to ensure that the health services offered are effective and achieve good health outcomes for the population. All NHS commissioned services are free at the point of use.

Health services in England are commissioned by either the NHS or by Public Health. In Birmingham, the NHS commissioners are NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England. The Public Health commissioners are Birmingham City Council.

NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG is responsible for commissioning the majority of healthcare for the people of Birmingham, including GPs, acute hospitals, community services and mental health. 

A Designated Medical Officer and a team of Designated Clinical Officers for SEND are funded by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG to work across health providers, commissioners and Birmingham City Council in order to implement the NHS requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (under the Children’s and Families Act 2014). 

These officers act on behalf of NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG. They have a key role as clinical leads in ensuring that there is understanding of and adherence to legal SEND processes with local health providers of services.