Changes in wheelchair provision to be unveiled to the industry next month

Plans for the new format of personal wheelchair budgets that are set to replace the current voucher system are due to be outlined to the industry next month.

An event taking place on 18 October will be an opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers of wheelchair equipment to hear about the plans for personal wheelchair budgets, and explore how the industry can support a move to greater personalisation in wheelchair services.

Led by NHS England and the Department of Health, the first national market engagement for personal wheelchair budgets will take place at the Kia Oval in London.

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Mobility manufacturers and suppliers will be able to hear from NHS England, The National Wheelchair Leadership Alliance and the BHTA about the changes, and have an opportunity to consider how the industry can support the new services.

Personal wheelchair budgets are being introduced as part of a range of measures to improve current wheelchair service provision, to ensure people have better experiences of care and to give people greater choice over the wheelchair provided.

Personal wheelchair budgets are replacing the wheelchair voucher scheme, and build on progress to offer personal health budgets to more groups of people and ensure people receive care that is right for them.

Through the introduction of personal wheelchair budgets, people accessing wheelchair services will be supported to identify the health and wellbeing outcomes they wish to achieve.

Alongside personalised and more integrated assessments, this will mean that people are better supported to access the wheelchair and accessories that are right for their individual needs.

There will also be roundtable discussions in the afternoon covering the following topics:

  • Person level integration and pooled funding to help meet people’s whole needs: how manufacturers can support integrated funding options for personal wheelchair budgets, and support reducing duplication in the system, improving outcomes and providing cost effective solutions to meet people’s needs.
  • Increasing choice within NHS commissioned  wheelchair services: how increasing choice and control through personal wheelchair budgets can improve access to innovative products
  • Ensuring transparency and cost-effectiveness outside of NHS commissioned wheelchair services: how the industry can support quality and cost-effective provision when personal wheelchair budgets are deployed outside of NHS commissioned services’

To register your interest in attending the event, email england.pcevents@nhs.net, stating your full name, job title and organisation.

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