Comment from Clive: How to bring NHS England’s wheelchair service up to speed

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‘My GP agreed I should get a wheelchair and this would help me. It should have been the hardest part, but actually, it got worse.’  The story of junior doctor Hannah Barham-Brown’s struggles with the NHS wheelchair service in England which produced an unusable wheelchair after a six-month wait will resonate with many who have had similar experiences at the hands of the country’s largest provider of wheelchairs.

Dr Barham-Brown’s speech to the British Medical Association’s recent conference paved the way for a unanimous vote for the association to adopt ensuring patients have timely access to suitable wheelchairs as a priority in its work with NHS England and other bodies.

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Comment from Clive: Smarter neighbourhoods of the future will require more than technological wizardry

clive-gilbertOf all the social problems confronting Britain today, the housing shortage is one of the most vexing. Estimates suggest that the gap between the number of new homes needed in England and those available is 100,000 per year.

While outdated planning laws and political controversy conspire to slow construction to a trickle, a generational divide continues to widen between younger people who can barely afford to rent and the swelling ranks of older home owners living in oversized properties which are not suited to the practicalities of daily life as an older person.

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A brief history of the Wizzybug Loan Scheme: Nina’s story

nina-evansNina Evans, Research Occupational Therapist at Designability, was part of the team that developed our Wizzybug wheelchair. Here, she looks back at how Designability worked to design a fun mobility device that could transform the lives of young disabled children.

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Technological heroes: The teams helping Paralympians and ‘ordinary’ people to take on the world

alexl-v2-285x285Alex Leach, Commercial Manager at Designability, leads all of the commercial and financial aspects of our work which includes negotiating contracts with partner organisations and ensuring our products can reach as many people as possible. Here she explores the debate around assistive devices in sport and the teams behind our incredible athletes.

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Helping young children move on their own: The Wizzybug Occupational Therapy team

Kathryn-Earle_2Kathryn Earle is a first year Occupational Therapy student at University of the West of England, Bristol and has just completed a nine week placement at Designability. Here she shares her experience of what it’s like working as an Occupational Therapist in the third sector and in paediatrics.

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