The Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services Programme (TCEWS) was launched in June 2006. The Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme were commissioned to look at community equipment and wheelchair services in parallel but as the data were insufficient to develop an outline business case necessary to make robust recommendations for the way forward, a further in-depth data collection around wheelchairs services took place during 2007.
It is estimated that the Department has spent a total £323,000 on data collection and development of a new model of wheelchair services delivery. A more defined figure is not available as the earlier programme included community equipment and wheelchairs services.
Discussions are ongoing within the Department on the future model for wheelchair services so as to ensure that a model is developed which is suitable for the people using services and the national health service. A report and a proposal will be taken to the NHS Board later this spring.