An innovative Whizz-Kidz partnership programme designed to help wheelchair users in Tower Hamlets get the best possible piece of equipment for their needs has been honoured at the prestigious Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards 2017.
Since 2014, Whizz-Kidz, Bart’s Health NHS Trust, the East London NHS Foundation Trust, and both Tower Hamlets Health and Social Care and Educational Services have worked in partnership to jointly fund wheelchairs and mobile seat solutions.
The aim of the partnership was to help wheelchair users by providing them with a single, useful piece of equipment, rather than providing separate pieces of equipment for people to use within and outside their homes. To date, this model has resulted in savings of £189,000 to Local Authority budgets, and projected savings of nearly £540,000.
The programme made the final eight from a longlist of 1,500 entries in the Community Health Service Re-design category of the awards, which were held at Grosvenor House in Central London on 24th May.
The creative joint agency approach has also been highlighted as an example of best practice within NHS England personal wheelchair budget guidelines.
A judging panel of senior and influential individuals within healthcare said they were very impressed with the high standard of entrants, who demonstrated outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations.
Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz said:
“Being considered for this award is an incredible honour, and while we did not win, we are incredibly proud of what Whizz-Kidz, Bart’s Health NHS Trust, the East London NHS Foundation Trust, and both Tower Hamlets Health and Social Care and educational services have achieved in partnership.
“Our Integrated funding pilot set out to ensure that disabled people in Tower Hamlets receive the best possible piece of equipment to suit their specific needs, while saving the public money. It has achieved this in abundance and, with its success now recognised by these awards, we’re hopeful that wheelchair services across the country will recognise the benefits of this model and apply it in their own local areas.”
Denise Radley, Corporate Director, Health, Adults and Community, at Tower Hamlets Council said:
“We are delighted at being recognised at the finals of this prestigious industry award.
“Our partnership approach to making a difference and improving the lives of young wheelchair users in Tower Hamlets is entirely customer focused; frees up money that directly benefits our customers through the provision of better equipment, and has led to greater independence, greater control, and better clinical outcomes.”