Advice Line: 028 9024 4401

About our service

Our health and social care hub runs a specialist advice line and representation service providing free legal advice and assistance ...

Law Centre NI’s health and social care hub runs a specialist advice line and representation service providing free legal advice and assistance to adults:

  • Who have needs due to physical or mental disability, ill health or age
  • With sensory disabilities
  • Whose needs arise because of their role as a carer

Legal advisers help in cases regarding the responsibilities of Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts and other public bodies to provide health and social care. We provide advice on areas of health and social care including:

  • Assessments of social care needs
  • Domiciliary care services
  • Direct payments for social care
  • Paying for residential and nursing home care
  • Carer’s assessments
  • Respite care and short breaks

We also provide advice to young people moving from children’s services, as well as advice on legal capacity and decision making in social care and human rights issues.

While we resolve the majority of cases through negotiation with HSC Trusts and service providers, we can also take legal action in the courts to clarify interpretation of health and social services law and/ or to challenge decisions made by public bodies or HSC Trusts.

Advice line

Health and Social Care Advice Line (028 9024 4401): Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00

An out-of-hours voicemail service is available at the same number.