Working in partnership

NHS England is working alongside a number of groups and organisations on the programme to transform wheelchair services. These include:

The Wheelchair Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance has been established as a national task and finish group working across England to take forward the agreed work stemming from the second Wheelchair Summit in November 2014.

Chaired by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the aim of the group is to take action to transform the quality and effectiveness of services for people who use wheelchairs.

The Alliance aims to be an advocate for people who use wheelchairs, their carers and families. Primary deliverables will be a national awareness-raising campaign and a wheelchair charter.

NHS Improving Quality

NHS England is working with NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) on a number of aspects of the programme, to learn from their expertise in securing sustainable improvements. NHS IQ has already delivered the e-digest, which offers an evidence-based story of why we need to act now; and is now working with the Leadership Alliance to support the national campaign and wheelchair charter.

Six national workstreams

Six workstream groups were set up to take forward some of the key actions from the first Wheelchair Summit in February 2014. Membership is drawn from service users, carers, third sector organisations, health and social care. The workstreams are:

  • Empowered service users and carers
  • Holistic assessment
  • Commissioning and procurement
  • Integration of health and social care
  • Training for staff
  • Use of innovation