Testimony from: Tracy Grey, Senior Manager at NHS England

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Whizz-Kidz has a diverse range of supporters in the health sector who praise our approach to wheelchair provision which gives freedom to disabled people. Tracy Grey, Senior Manager at NHS England, Equality and Health Inequalities – Children and Young  People (Regional Link North)  shares her insight into Whizz-Kidz. 

Tracy said: 

‘Whizz-Kidz has an excellent reputation. Indeed, within NHS England, the Whizz-Kidz service model is respected and regarded highly for its innovative and ‘putting patients first’ philosophy. 

'I am personally privileged to have witnessed some of the excellent work that the organisation is doing and have spoken to disabled young people and their families about the difference the service has made to their lives. I also think the Whizz-Kidz staff have great integrity, compassion, and cohesiveness.

'The personalised service that Whizz-Kidz provides is incredibly important. Disabled children and young people have diverse needs and one size doesn’t fit all! But the Whizz-Kidz service is not just about the wheelchair, it’s also about the many activities and programmes that Whizz-Kidz offers young people. Whizz-Kidz gives disabled young people opportunities to shape and influence policy, campaign about issues that affect their lives and take part in other fun activities as well.

'I think the long term impact of Whizz-Kidz on young people’s lives is immeasurable. We need a diverse workforce, and particularly a greater inclusion of disabled people represented within our workforce now and in the future.  I think Whizz-Kidz’s model of empowerment can have a significant impact in changing societal attitudes, shaping and influencing policy, job creation, which will have a significant and long term impact.’