How we help Get support Education, Health and Care plans Appealing to the SEND Tribunal If your appeal ask the Tribunal for recommendations about health and/or social care is part of the National Trial, what difference will it make to the appeal process? The LA will need to issue a response to all parts of the appeal, not just the educational part of your appeal. It will need to obtain a response from its social care team and the clinical commissioning group (CCG) on the social care and health aspects of the appeal. The LA may elect to bring witnesses to the hearing from social care and/or health. You will need to gather and prepare evidence on education, health and /or social care in preparation for the appeal. You may want to secure witnesses to support your case, for example independent health or other professionals. As a consequence of extending the appeal to include health and social care, the hearing may be longer. They are usually scheduled for two days but parties may only need to attend the first day with the Tribunal using the second day to make its decision. If the Tribunal proposes to do this but you feel it would be unfair not to use the second day to hear further evidence, you should explain this to the Tribunal. In complex cases, hearings may even go on over two days.