Howard is a former PCT CEO and is the Chair of Whizz-Kidz's Health Advisory Group. Here, he blogs about the importance of the Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign, which Whizz-Kidz is a proud partner of.
The NHS continues its valiant struggle to meet the needs of our younger wheelchair users. Increased austerity, ever increasing; bureaucracy, regulation and fragmentation have lead to significant variations in service quality for those most in need.
Waiting times, in many areas around the UK, are inappropriate (In spite of the huge personal commitment by staff and clinicians) and the wheelchairs that can be readily provided are not always suitable for the needs of our young disabled users.
The national campaign, launched on Monday of last week by the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, asks healthcare professionals and members of the public to raise the profile of the need for greater improvements and quality to our wheelchair services right across the UK. The Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign is our chance to make a difference.
We know first hand, from our Whizz-Kidz ambassadors and young wheelchair users, how vitally important it is to provide a person centred approach to their needs. Ensuring that young wheelchair users receive the right chair, in good time, allows them to have an active childhood and develop to reach their full adult potential.
Right Time, Right Now
With over 70,000 disabled children in the UK it is essential that we do our part to support those in a position to provide the right wheelchairs quickly and effectively. Our disabled children cannot wait.
Whizz-kidz is in an excellent position to work with the NHS to bring about the much-needed changes identified in the National Charter. By pledging commitment to the 10 key principles of the National Wheelchair Charter we can all influence and deliver the changes necessary to improve access to services.
If you feel, as I do, that we can all play our part in improving the lives of our disabled wheelchair users pledge your support to the wheelchair charter at rightwheelchair.org.uk.
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