Last year the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) of Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees had concerns about the wheelchair services provided to their populations.
Services were overstretched and overspent each year, with the reasons for overspending being unclear. One-off amounts of money have been put into supporting the service over the last few years as demand exceeded the capacity of the service.
The CCGs commissioned NHS West and South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (WSYBCSU) to:
- Undertake a review of the service, covering patient views, activity, spend and specification
- Identify future requirements for the service (assessment of population future needs)
- Identify alternative options/models of provision
- Identify options for procurement.
This Wheelchair Services Engagement Report details the engagement that took place to obtain the views of the public, key stakeholders and voluntary and community sector organisations on their experiences of wheelchair services in Calderdale and Kirklees and their suggestions on how the services could be improved.