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Physical Disability Services

West Lothian Council provides a range of services for adults with disabilities aimed at promoting and maximising independence.

Physical Disability
Physical Disability
These include assessment and care management, day opportunities, respite and short breaks from caring, care at home, supported living and occupational therapy. The option of a direct payment allows individuals to arrange and self manage their own care and support. Some of these services are provided directly by the council, others are purchased from the voluntary and private sectors.

Services are provided for people with:

  • Physical disability
  • Sensory loss
  • Head injury
  • Long term conditions and chronic illness

Other services include access to outreach groups facilitated by the Ability Centre Support Service and equipment and adaptations via Occupational Therapy services.

People who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind or partially sighted can contact the Sensory Support Service for information, advice and access to specialist workers providing assessment, technical support, and equipment services.

Physical Disability Assessment Team

The Physical Disability Assessment Team provides an Assessment and Care Management Service to adults aged between 16 and 65 years with a physical disability.

The Team can arrange care in your own home and community support based on your assessment needs. The Team can also offer you the option of arranging and managing your own care and support through Direct Payments and Self Directed Support. If you provide a regular and substantial amount of care to someone with a disability you can also request a Carer's Assessment .

We work in partnership with health colleagues in the West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, housing and other colleagues in West Lothian Council, service users and carers and the independent sector with a view to providing an integrated service that is service user focused.

We can be contacted through the Adults Social Work Team at Livingston Social Work Centre (see contact details on this page) between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.00pm on Fridays or by emailing

You can find out more about our service by looking at our pdf icon Strategic Service Statement [295kb].

If you have any queries about the service, please contact:
Brian Dewar,
Physical Disability Team Manager,
Livingston Social Work Centre,
New Cheviot House,
Almondvale Boulevard,
EH54 6QN.

'Our Lives Our Way' - Lothian Joint Physical and Complex Disability Strategy

The Lothian Joint Physical and Complex Disability Strategy outlines the needs of disabled people in Lothian and the vision for the future delivery of services and support. There is a very broad spectrum of conditions and problems which people can experience and, as a result, the services that support people have to meet and extremely diverse range of health and social care needs. Lothian Health and the four Lothian Local Authorities, including West Lothian, are working in partnership with service users, carers and relevant organisations in the private and voluntary sectors to implement the Strategy.

Strategic Service Statement - Physical Disability

The West Lothian Council Strategic Service Statement for Physical Disability aims to set out how services will be developed and delivered over the next three to ten years to meet the current and potential needs of adults experiencing physical and complex disability living in West Lothian.

The Strategic Statement has been developed within the context of national and local policy direction taking into account the key principles and values which underpin the planning, commissioning and provision of services to disabled people and has been informed by consultation with key partners, service users and carers.

The aim of service planning, development and delivery is to promote, enable and sustain independence, social inclusion and quality of life for service users and carers within a framework offering flexibility and choice. The on-going challenge is to provide services that are personalised, of high quality and which can most effectively meet the needs from within finite resources. The Strategic Statement seeks to set out how West Lothian Council proposes to meet this aim and challenge in the future.