National Wheelchair Managers Forum

Empowering people

to live life to the full

This section outlines the National Wheelchair Managers Forum in more detail.

Further information on the forum

Structure of the Forum

Each Strategic Health Authority (2002) can be represented by two members. An alternative guest representative may be nominated. Other wheelchair managers or their representatives are welcomed to

attend meetings as observers Members feedback to their local Wheelchair Managers and circulate Forum minutes to all Wheelchair Managers in their region. (Forum minutes are also available on the website) They also raise regional concerns at the National Forum.

Work of the Forum

The Forum provides the focus for discussion and exchange of ideas on topics relevant both at local and

national level. A Forum web site was set up in 2002

The Forum has always been concerned with setting of wheelchair service standards, their development and improvement to maximise the outcome for service users. In 1993 a working party produced a booklet “National Guidelines for Wheelchair Services”.

Work has continued on developing standards and in 2004 the Forum together with other interested parties

including Empower, Posture and Mobility Group, the National Forum of Wheelchair Users Groups and

NHS PASA produced a document “Minimum Standards for Wheelchair Services”.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Forum are:

· To provide a representative body for Wheelchair Services at National Level.

· To act as a communication channel for Wheelchair

Services at Local, Regional and National Levels.

· To initiate and develop quality standards and practice within the Wheelchair Service.

· To continue to promote and support audit within the

Wheelchair Service.

· To act as a co-ordinating body for the collection and dissemination of information from:

  1. Medicines Healthcare products
  2. Regulatory Agency
  3. NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency
  4. RESMag
  5. BSI Standards Committee

History of the Forum

In April 1991 responsibility for wheelchair provision was devolved to local health authority level. During 1991 the development of the Forum began. A meeting of wheelchair service managers was arranged and the first Forum met in November 1991 in London. The first formal meeting of the Forum was in February 1992. A draft constitution was written and later ratified. The first committee was established.

Updated Mar 2011