Community Rehabilitation Service


Community Rehabilitation Service

The Blackburn with Darwen and 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 provides an immediate response in order to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and initiates and implements 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, orthopaedic conditions, chest/urine infections, cardiac problems and palliative conditions.

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

The service consists of the following staff:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Rehabilitation Assistants

These all work together to support patients in the community and work closely with social services, GPs, Community Nursing teams and patients relatives and carers.

Intermediate Care

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. They may have been recently discharged from hospital and need ongoing rehabilitation or be in the community and not require hospitalisation, but due to an acute illness, fall or change in circumstance are not able to function at their normal level. Short term rehabilitation will assist them to return to normal. 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 (HICA and Housing 21) to provide the care. Rehabilitation is for up to 6 weeks and is a free service.

How to access this service

Each service has one point of access. The service has a referral form but will accept letter and telephone referrals using the details below. The service has a designated Clinician available each day to discuss referrals. All referrals are screened and allocated for an assessment on an individual basis and according to need, the service has the ability to see patients within two hours of a referrals. The service has an open referral access and patients and relatives can also make referrals into the service.

Where the service is provided

The teams are based at the addresses below, but see patients in:

  • Patient's own home, including supported housing and sheltered accommodation
  • Temporary Accommodation
  • Residential and Nursing Care Homes
  • Royal Blackburn Hospital (East Lancashire Hospitals Trust)
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  • Clinics

How to contact us

Blackburn with Darwen

By post:

Rehabilitation Services
Room 117-19
Innovation Centre
Evolution Park
Haslingden Road
Blackburn
BB1 2FD

Tel: 01254 283455
Mobile: 07852466872 (available 365 days a year 8am to 8pm)
Fax: 01254 283717
Email: communityrehabilitationserviceteam@nhs.net

Central Lancashire

By post:

Community Equipment and Resource Service
Unit 5
Centurion Court
Leyland
PR25 3UQ

Tel: 01772 644535
Fax: 01772 644739
Email: lcn-tr.centrallancashirerehabservices@nhs.net