We are managing an NHS champion site which introduced Personal Wheelchair Budgets (PWBs) over a year ago, so we’ve had invaluable experience in developing and delivering PWBs with our local commissioner.
Our first-hand experience has enabled us to work very closely with a local CCG to ensure the new process fits seamlessly into the main wheelchair work flow.
Key to success was our co-production of a local PWB offering with service users, carers and healthcare professionals.
The Personal Wheelchair Budget has been designed to provide wheelchair users with greater choice regarding their wheelchair provision. This enhanced scheme has replaced the previous Wheelchair Voucher Scheme.
Yes. You will be invited to attend a clinic appointment where your wheelchair therapist will assess your wheelchair needs. Any questions you may have can be answered during this appointment.
There are 3 options:
Option 2 and 3 PWB payments last for 5 years for adults and 3 years for children other than in exceptional circumstances.
It is important to regularly maintain and repair your wheelchair. A typical adult wheelchair lasts 5 years but only 3 years for children as their needs have to be reassessed more regularly because of growth. Public Liability Insurance is strongly recommended if you are using your wheelchair in a public place, particularly a powered wheelchair. The Third Party PWB includes a contribution towards repairs and maintenance as the chair will be owned by you and will not qualify for NHS repairs, but it does not include a contribution towards public liability insurance.
Before your assessment you will be asked to think about the things that are important to you. You will also be asked to complete a short Personal Wheelchair Support Plan which will help you and the therapist to find the most appropriate wheelchair for your needs.
If you are known to the Wheelchair Service, you can call and request a reassessment. If you do not currently have a wheelchair issued by the Wheelchair Service, your GP or healthcare professional can refer you for an assessment.
If a Third Party PWB is authorised we will make a direct payment to the manufacturer or supplier that you are purchasing your wheelchair or buggy from. If the value of your PWB is greater than the cost of your equipment of choice then the supplier will only received the amount covering the cost of the equipment. If you choose Option 2, National PWB with contribution, then the wheelchair service will invoice you for the additional value and the goods will only be supplied once payment has been received.
Yes, your NHS wheelchair will have to be returned to your local wheelchair service for the period of the wheelchair budget.
We will still provide a pressure relief cushion if clinically required. This will not affect the type or amount of budget.