Derby DrivAbility
Offering a warm welcome: members of the driving assessment team at Derby DrivAbility.

Derby DrivAbility, part of the Driving Mobility network, will be hosting a free mobility event for healthcare professionals, approved driving instructors and the general public on 14th June 2022.

During the event, which will be held between 11am-5pm in Kingsway, Derby, the service will be offering the opportunity for visitors to explore specialist equipment for driving, wheelchair loading and passenger safety.

Derby DrivAbility is a service within the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and is an accredited Driving Mobility centre. Its occupational therapists and approved driving instructors provide professional assessments to people who need to gain or retain the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability. Service users can self-refer or are referred by the DVLA, Motability, NHS and case managers.

Derby DrivAbility’s Open Day will showcase its services alongside a selection of specialist accessible vehicles and mobility products from experienced and professional suppliers.

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Both professional and public visitors will gain valuable knowledge regarding adapted driving and WAVs (wheelchair accessible vehicles) and equipment for travelling safely as a passenger, either for themselves or for clients.

A range of adapted controls and equipment will be on display including left-foot accelerators, steering aids, hand controls, ring accelerators, wheelchair hoists, rotating seats and specialist car seats for children.

Sirus Automotive will be demonstrating drive-from-wheelchair vehicles while Volta Mobility will be showing off some wheelchair accessible vehicles, including the first full 100 per cent electric WAV, the Vauxhall Vivaro e.

There will also be driving adaptations from Des Gosling Mobility, car boot hoists and person lifts from Autochair, scooter and wheelchair hire services from Derby ShopMobility and car seats and harnesses for children from Windmill Special Needs.

Cycle Derby will be utilising its fleet of inclusive bikes, and there will also be a series of short talks suited to professionals and the general public.

Liz Whiteman, Centre Manager/Lead Clinician comments: “We welcome everyone with an interest in independent mobility to attend our Open Day. Our friendly team will be on hand to answer all queries regarding driving with a disability and the assistive products on display.

“You will be able to find out about the full range of assessment services we offer and see adapted vehicles, children’s specialist car seats and mobility scooters.”

Best sat nav codes to use for the Open Day are Anmer Drive DE22 3XU or Kingsway Boulevard DE22 3WU. Visitors can enjoy free entry and parking. For more information call 01332 788300 or email dhft.driving@nhs.net.

Driving Mobility is supported by The Department for Transport and provides a range of services including ‘fitness to drive’ assessments from its nationwide centres.

Led by occupational therapists and approved driving instructors, these services strive to facilitate personal mobility and driving independence for clients mostly signposted from the DVLA, Motability, Police and the NHS.

Following the successful pilot of its ‘HUBs’ accessible travel information service, Driving Mobility recently announced that it will be continuing this initiative for non-drivers thanks to a share of funding from the UK Government geared towards supporting disabled people.

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