In 2015/16, NHS England introduced the first centralised national wheelchair dataset about wheelchair services. It was designed to improve transparency and benchmarking. This was essential to improving the commissioning of wheelchair services, and similarly to improving outcomes for wheelchair users.
The questions that comprise the data collection were developed through significant discussion and feedback from wheelchair service providers, people who use wheelchairs, the National Wheelchair Managers Forum, CCGs, and other key stakeholders.
Data has been collected quarterly from CCGs since July 2015 and supports the drive for improvements in wheelchair services. The collection has been published as an official statistics since quarter one of 2019-20 (April – June 2019).
The guidance to aid CCGs to collect data is available on the Wheelchair services: National Wheelchair Data Collection Guidance. Further information on the collection can be found on the NHS England website.
From Quarter 1 of 2019/20 the data has been published as an official statistic. It is updated monthly on the following webpages:
The collection was previously published as an experimental statistic from quarter two of 2015-16 (July – September 2015) to quarter four of 2018-19 (January – March 2019). The data can be downloaded from our website.
NOTE: Data collection was suspended between January 2020 and June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aggregation: Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Date of next publication:
Publication has been scheduled for the 11th August 2022.
Period covered by next publication:
April – June 2022
For more information about the national dataset, or the ways in which NHS England is engaging with and supporting commissioners of wheelchair services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.