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Community Care

Community Care is a term used to describe the services provided by Local Authorities and NHS Bodies to meet the education, health and social care needs of children and adults whom are living with an illness, injury or disability.

The term Community Care law, therefore, describes the legal framework which governs the provision of education, health and social care services.

Our specialist Community Care team at Lester Aldridge can provide both individuals and professionals with advice and assistance in relation to all aspects of Community Care.

Our expertise & services include:

Adults Children
·         Hospital Discharge ·         Hospital Discharge for Children
·         NHS Continuing Healthcare for Adults ·         NHS Continuing Care for Children & Young Persons
·         Personal Health Budgets ·         Personal Health Budgets
·         Brokering of a Care Package ·         Brokering of a Care Package
·         NHS Fast Track Funding ·         Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)
·         NHS Palliative Care ·         NHS Palliative Care
·         Section 117 Aftercare ·         Needs Assessments
·         Care Act 2014 Needs Assessments ·         Care & Support Planning
·         Care Act 2014 Care & Support Planning ·         Personal Budget Disputes
·         Care Act 2014 Personal Budget Disputes ·         Rights of Carers
·         Rights of Carers ·         Housing Provision & Disabled Facilities Grants
·         Housing Provision & Disabled Facilities Grants ·         EHCPs, SEND Provision & Transition Planning
·         EHCPs, SEND Provision & Transition Planning ·         Decision Making
·         Best Interests Decision Making ·         Safeguarding
·         Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DOLS”) ·         Disability Discrimination
·         Consent to Medical Treatment & Refusal of provision
·         Adult Safeguarding
·         Disability Discrimination

Provision of ad hoc and case-specific advice & assistance, file audits, and bespoke training to Professional Deputies, Attorneys, Executors, Independent Financial Advisors and Other Solicitors in relation to a wide range of education, health and social care issues.

Need advice?

For a free, initial consultation with a Community Care specialist, please contact our friendly team by telephone on 02380 827484, or by email at today.

Meet the Community Care team

Legal 500 Review

Legal 500 2019 Leading Individual
In Clinical Negligence cases Paula Barnes is noted to be ‘in a league of her own in terms of the affection of her clients, her ability to turn around the most difficult cases and her ability to engage with experts’.

In relation to Community Care, the ‘absolutely excellent’ Paula Barnes is noted for her track record in administrative and public law matters, as well as for her advice to charities and education centres.

The Chambers & Partners review

Chambers UK 2019
Paula Barnes is presently ranked in Chambers and Partners under her previous firm. She is best known for her expertise in cancer misdiagnosis and gynaecological cases, with further experience in cerebral palsy and post-surgical negligent treatment. A source says: “I don’t know any solicitor who is more loved by their clients. Her knowledge in this field is second to none.”

Latest blogs

Factual accuracy

Last year, CQC proposed changes to its factual accuracy process and asked providers for their views, which included the introduction of a word limit for factual accuracy comments.

Fire safety

A report released by London Fire and Rescue Service in February has again raised concerns about fire safety in care homes.

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