Driving Mobility, the national charity that accredits independent driving and mobility assessment centres, has taken over the management of the National Federation of Shopmobility (NFSUK).
Founded in 1989, NFSUK is a not-for-profit organisation which brings together Shopmobility schemes up and down the country.
Driving Mobility said the takeover from British Healthcare Trades Association, which has been managing the organisation since 2014, will see Shopmobility schemes benefit from greater engagement with local NHS Units, neighbouring schemes, independent clinics, retail outlets and the general public.
It said the news represents “a significant milestone in NFSUK history”, and will ensure that awareness and accessibility to its services will be “greatly enhanced”.
Driving Mobility CEO Edward Trewhella said: “We believe that managing the successful Shopmobility scheme will complement our current strengths and future aims. Through our unique sector knowledge and contacts, it will open up provision of loan mobility equipment to more disabled people so that levels of safety and independence can increase – critical during these challenging times.
“The BHTA has completed an excellent job in facilitating NFSUK development, however Driving Mobility are proud to be embarking on this vital role and look forward to delivering a strong platform for future growth.”
Driving Mobility is regarded as the national voice of assisted driving and independence. Backed by the Department for Transport, its 70 locations support over 20,000 clients each year with solutions for independent driving and personal mobility.
The majority of its provision focuses on clinically-led ‘fitness-to-drive’ assessments and recommendations regarding appropriate mobility equipment.
Service users self-refer or are signposted to Driving Mobility centres via the DVLA, Motability, Police and healthcare professionals.
Caption: Pictured from left to right -Steve Perry, BHTA Marketing and Communications Manager; Colin Barnett, Driving Mobility Chairman; Edward Trewhella, Driving Mobility CEO; and Steve Dent, Driving Mobility Board Member.