The Central Lancashire Community Rehabilitation and Rapid Assessment Teams work within the community to support patients that have identified deterioration in their ability to manage at home as a result of a change in their health.  

The service can provide an immediate response in order to reduce avoidable hospital admissions or can initiate and implement rehabilitation programmes to enable patients to remain independent within their own home. 

The primary aim of the service is to support patients with physical health problems such as falls, orthopedic conditions, chest/urine infections, cardiac problems and palliative conditions.

The Rapid Assessment Service operates 365 days a year from 8am until 8pm (the service only provides a rehabilitation response 8am - 6pm) and works with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to facilitate discharges back into the community.

The service consists of the following staff:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation assistants

Colleagues work together to support patients in the community and work closely with social services, GPs, community nursing teams, patients, relatives and carers.

Our Community Falls Prevention Service provides a specialist service for adults who have fallen or who are at risk of falling. Patients are visited in their own home and a multifactorial assessment, to check for environmental and other contributing falls risks, is completed. We will discuss options for reducing risks of falls and agree a care plan for any on-going treatment or equipment.

Community physiotherapy referrals are accepted from health professionals only. 

Our team can see service users who are not able to attend a clinic or outpatient setting for physiotherapy input. Physiotherapy is provided in the home situation, sometimes as part of a reablement package. 

If someone feels they have physiotherapy needs they should discuss with their GP so that they can refer to the most suitable service. This service also supports with mobility assessments/provision of walking equipment and home exercise programmes.

The Intermediate Care Team in Central Lancashire provide interventions for people with ill health who have lost confidence and ability with their activities of daily living, wish to remain at home and require some rehabilitation and therapy interventions to regain their skills, and achieve their goals and maximum potential.

Rehabilitation can take place in a residential setting for a few weeks enabling people who are not yet safe to return straight home from hospital, to step down from a hospital bed into a community bed for rehabilitation. They must have the potential to improve following assessment and treatment by the rehabilitation team. This service also includes the Intermediate Dementia Care Service.

The Rehabilitation services work in partnership with social services, Lancashire County Council and private agencies (Spire) to provide the care. Rehabilitation is a free service.




Where the service is provided

The teams see patients in:

  • Their own home, including supported housing and sheltered accommodation
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Residential and nursing care homes
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  • Community clinics.