In May 2016, NHS England announced it would be developing a personal health budgets model for the provision of wheelchairs.
The intention is to introduce personal wheelchair budgets from April 2017, to cover everyone who accesses the current wheelchair voucher scheme, which includes those with both low level and complex wheelchair requirements.
We want to start the conversation with people to understand what it will take for this to work well. We will be engaging with a range of people over the next year to hear how this could help to improve wheelchair provision could improve and how personal health budgets should work to enable wheelchair users to have more choice, control and flexibility.
Join the conversation on Twitter on Tuesday 28 June to share your thoughts, questions, hopes and concerns. Whether you are a wheelchair user yourself, or have a role in commissioning and providing services, we’d like to hear your views. We are still at an early stage of thinking, with some clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) testing out new ways of working and we don’t yet have all the answers, so your feedback is crucial to help us get this right.
We’ll be picking up your comments at #NHSPHB all day, with dedicated chats from 9-10am, 1-2pm and 7-8pm.
Follow the NHS England Personal Health Budget Delivery Team @NHSPHB.