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Assistive equipment supplier Medequip has announced that it has formed a new partnership with an independent health and social care organisation to help improve the quality of daily living for thousands of people using mobility equipment and aids.

The supplier is partnering with Your Voice in Health and Social Care (YVHSC), an independent organisation that gives people a voice to improve and shape health and social care services.

Part of the 2022 partnership plans is to recruit a mixed panel of representatives across London to help improve the Community Equipment Service, which is currently covering 21 London boroughs.

Over 200,000 people in London use Medequip equipment and aids prescribed by local social care and NHS services to support daily living. Along with the delivery of equipment, the service includes installation, repair, maintenance, collection and recycling.

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The new monthly panel meetings will bring together service users, their relatives and carers with community experts, to help Medequip better understand their service. The key aim is to find out what works well, areas for improvement, and help jointly develop a plan of progression.

The panels’ role will be to advise, guide and support the project, in a partnership way, ensuring the best outcome for Medequip services users, their relatives and carers. This will be supported by YVHSC who will deliver on decisions made by the panel.Medequip panel ad

Tim Spilsbury, CEO of YVHSC stated, “We are delighted to be partnering with Medequip on a project that gives people a real voice to improve and shape Medequip services.

“This co-production piece is the start of a journey that will ensure Medequip’s valued services can better reflect the needs of the community and that the community can receive an ever-improving service.

“This will impact over 200,000 vulnerable people in London. We are proud to be a part of this exciting initiative.”

To become part of the panel, participants have to be a user of Medequip equipment and aids or be a relative/carer of somebody that does or a community expert from a relevant charity or community/voluntary sector group.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd March, meeting monthly for approximately six months to complete the initial work. Meetings will be held virtually initially, with the hope of meeting face-to-face in the future, as the coronavirus situation changes.

Relevant expenses will be paid to volunteers and participants will have access to all YVHSC’s training resources and be a part of a network of over 250 volunteers.

For more information or to register interest in joining the panel, potential participants are invited to call 07944 391 223 or email vip@yvhsc.org.uk.

One of the longest-serving outsourced providers of community equipment services to the NHS and local authorities, Medequip last month took steps to broaden its customer base by joining forces with Dutch medical equipment group Medux.

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