Wheelchair Services providers collaborate to relieve NHS pressure and support service users
As the NHS rallies to tackle the growing number of critical COVID-19 cases, the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has brought together several leading Wheelchair Services Providers to ensure the needs of wheelchair users are met during the crisis.
The formation of the new Wheelchair group follows the establishment on the 26th March of a new working group of major outsourced Community Equipment Services providers to coordinate the provision of vital equipment.
Under normal circumstances, wheelchair services and community equipment contracts are hotly contested by various suppliers in one of the most fiercely competitive sectors of the market. Since the coronavirus outbreak, however, the industry is seeing rivals working closely together admirably to help aid the national coronavirus effort.
Andrew Stevenson, Chairman of the BHTA, confirmed that the new Wheelchair Services group will hold weekly conference calls to share their experiences across the UK and, importantly, discuss challenges that arise within the sector.
“The group will be able to bring combined resources together to respond urgently and help,” he said.
“Many of the challenges wheelchair services and users are experiencing are replicated across the country. Where there may be hot spots or shortfalls in services, the group will look to see how they can support any specific areas that need their assistance.”
The new group of outsourced providers will also liaise with other Wheelchair Groups, along with regional in-house services, in a bid to mitigate wheelchair users’ problems relating to ongoing assessments, deliveries, service and maintenance, stated the BHTA.
“The group are keen to support users that are just being issued with products for hospital discharge and for others, whose conditions are changing and need to be assessed as part of their ongoing clinical needs,” finished Andrew.
“Within the weekly calls, the group are looking to achieve a National Wheelchair picture to enable all BHTA members in the mobility sector to come together with the National Supply chains. This will help make sure that this vital service to a vulnerable group of users continue, while the NHS focus is directed towards the ongoing COVID-19 virus operations across NHS and the new field hospitals being set up.”https://thiis.co.uk/wheelchair-services-providers-collaborate-to-relieve-nhs-pressure-and-support-service-users/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Wheelchair-group-outsourced-providers.jpg?fit=900%2C600&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Wheelchair-group-outsourced-providers.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Coronavirus NewsCOVID-19 Trade NewsNewsroomNHSRetailer NewsSector NewsSupplier NewsTrade NewsAJM Healthcare,Andrew Stevenson,Blatchford,CES,Community Equipment Services Providers,coronavirus,COVID-19,Millbrook Healthcare,National Supply Chains,NHS,NRS Healthcare,Opcare,Ross Care,Wheelchair Groups,Wheelchair Services. WCS ProvidersAs the NHS rallies to tackle the growing number of critical COVID-19 cases, the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has brought together several leading Wheelchair Services Providers to ensure the needs of wheelchair users are met during the crisis. The formation of the new Wheelchair group follows the establishment on...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine