Commissioning groups and councils in Yorkshire have come together to run an event which aims to raise awareness of how personal budgets can support people’s choice of wheelchair and increase their independence.
Wheelchair-users, carers and trade professionals in Hull and East Riding are being invited to the September event, organised by East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Hull CCG, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.
It will provide an opportunity to see the latest innovations in wheelchairs and accessories, hear from users and speak to expert professionals for advice on personal budgets.
A number of information workshops and display stands will be available for people to visit and for health and social care professionals, the event offers a networking and learning occasion.
Dr Anne Jeffreys, local GP and East Riding of Yorkshire CCG Clinical Chairperson, said: “This wheelchair event is an excellent opportunity for wheelchair users, their friends, family and carers to receive expert advice on how to maximise their personal wheelchair budget to suit their needs, increase their independence and improve overall health and wellbeing.
“I would encourage all wheelchair users to come along to see how they can benefit from the freedom to choose the type of wheelchair and equipment better suited to their clinical and social needs.
Sarah Cutts, NHS Funded Care Commissioner, Hull CCG said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all wheelchair users, family members, carers and professionals involved in the provision of wheelchairs to come together and see some examples of the amazing work being done locally in the roll-out of personal wheelchair budgets, and take away some ideas of how the process can work in practice.”
Deborah Riley, occupational therapy manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The wheelchair event is an exciting opportunity to show how listening to service users and collaborative working has led to a revolutionary, innovative approach that offers individually bespoke wheelchair solutions to promote living life well and accessing communities.”
The wheelchair event takes place Thursday 5 September 2019 at Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH. To register interest people can go online to nhswheelchairevent.eventbrite.co.uk