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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Life without the NHS: working as a therapist in St Lucia

hannamcfaddenHanna McFadden, Children’s Physiotherapist, works for Honeylands, a Specialist Children’s Centre based in Devon. She has also been working with us at Designability to help develop Dynamic Seating for young children with dystonic cerebral palsy.

Hanna is currently on sabbatical over in St Lucia and has just shared her first account of how different medical treatment is there, along with some of the stories of the fascinating people she has met.

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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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