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Community care: information for service users and providers and their advisers

The Law Centre's Independent Advice, Support and Mediation Service (Community Care) has prepared four new information briefings to help health and social care staff, advisers and service users understand the law relating to the provision of community care services in Northern Ireland.

This briefing examines the legal position governing whether a Health and Social Care Trust’s (HSC Trust) may take into account receipt by a service user of disability related benefits when making decisions about the provision of domiciliary care services.

This briefing examines the legal position governing a Health and Social Care Trust’s (HSC Trust) duty to identify an adult service user’s future care needs and to make timely and appropriate preparation and provision for longer term care planning to address social care needs which may arise at a later stage in a service user’s life.

This briefing explains what Personal Independence Payment is and how people will qualify, and how receipt of PIP, as a source of income, will be treated by a Health and Social Care Trust when conducting a financial assessment of an individual’s means to determine whether they must contribute towards or pay for the costs of their placement in a residential or nursing home.

Self-Directed Support is currently being rolled out by the five Health and Social Care Trusts (HSC Trusts) in Northern Ireland. Self-Directed Support Part 2 examines how people can access Self-Directed Support and the role of HSC Trust professionals in facilitating an individual service user/carer’s request for Self-Directed Support.

Self-Directed Support is currently being rolled out by the five Health and Social Care Trusts (HSC Trusts) in Northern Ireland. Self-Directed Support Part 1 explains what Self-Directed Support is and the different forms of Self-Directed Support available in Northern Ireland.

For a full list of the Law Centre's community care legal information visit: 

The Law Centre's Independent Advice, Support and Mediation Service (Community Care) runs a specialist advice line and representation service, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with out-of-hours voicemail service available: 028 9024 4401.

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