First national market engagement for personal wheelchair budgets event announced

NHS England and the Department of Health have announced that expressions of interest are now open for the first national market engagement for personal wheelchair budgets.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 October at the Kia Oval in London, the event is 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.

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

Personal wheelchair budgets are replacing the wheelchair voucher scheme, building on progress to offer personal health budgets to more groups of people and ensuring 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 well-being 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.

This event will be an opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers of wheelchair equipment to hear from NHS England, The National Wheelchair Leadership Alliance and the British Healthcare Trades Association about the changes, and have an opportunity to consider how the industry can support the movement to more personalised wheelchair services.

There will 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 interest in attending the event, email england.pcevents@nhs.net, stating full name, job title and organisation*.

*NB: expressions of interest do not guarantee attendance at the event


Exhibitor opportunities:

There are a limited number of exhibitor spaces available at this event, intended for manufacturers to showcase products that support personalisation. To enquire, please email england.pcevents@nhs.net

 
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