'Analysis of Whizz-Kidz work with PCTs to improve wheelchair provision indicates that involvement of Whizz-Kidz results in financial savings and improvements in quality of life.' This was the conclusion of leading economic experts, Frontier Economics, who carried out an independent report on the impact of Whizz-Kidz support to Primary Care Trusts in 2011.

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The report found that our involvement results in financial savings and improvements in the quality of service and the quality of life for service users. For example, because Whizz-Kidz works closely with wheelchair manufacturers we lower the cost per wheelchair to £1,100 versus £2,500, enabling us and our NHS partners to reach more children.

Whizz-Kidz aims to work more widely with the NHS to extend our model for wheelchair provision to reach more disabled people, quickly and with equipment which suits their needs.

Conclusions from each stage of the wheelchair provision process:

  1. Referral –Whizz-Kidz have developed a number of innovations that make the process between referral and assessment more efficient.

  2. Assessment –Whizz-Kidz collects information during the referral stage which means that Mobility Therapists have a good idea of what chair is required when the child arrives for assessment. Whizz-Kidz looks at the whole person so equipment fits each individual child’s lifestyle, on the day of assessment a team are on hand to make adjustments to equipment and use their paediatric expertise.
  3. Provision –the Whizz-Kidz process leading up to providing equipment facilitates ‘Child in a Chair in a Day’.
  4. Monitoring and maintenance – Whizz-Kidz’s ability to supply chairs that more closely match need and the system of check-ups helps to reduce future costs.

Overall results:

Frontier Economics found that following Whizz-Kidz’s intervention in PCTs, there have been significant improvements in wheelchair services:

  • Shorter waiting times - achieved through efficient recording of information at referral.
  • Eradication of the waiting list which allows Whizz-Kidz to achieve the 'Child in a Chair in a Day' approach.
  • Higher quality chairs are provided because children are assessed holistically, with specific paediatric expertise.
  • Cost savings -Whizz-Kidz also works closely with wheelchair manufacturers, lowering the cost per wheelchair to £1100 versus £2500 under “business-as-usual” model, thus enabling Whizz-Kidz to reach out to more children.
  • Better ‘customer’ care – Whizz-Kidz conducts proactive ‘check ups’ with the child, consistently making sure the most appropriate chair is provided. 

How the report was put together:

Frontier Economics created their report in 2011 by examining each stage of the process to deliver wheelchairs under two different scenarios: the business-as-usual scenario (using evidence from PCTs) and the intervention scenario (using evidence from Whizz-Kidz).