The NHS Wheelchair Service.


The provision of wheelchairs by the NHS can be incredibly beneficial. If you believe that you are entitled to an NHS wheelchair and would benefit from one, we encourage you to contact your local wheelchair services. It’s important to note that each area has its own set of criteria, so it’s essential to find out what the criteria are for your specific location. By doing so, you can ensure that you receive the appropriate assistance and support.

Once you are accepted as being entitled to a wheelchair, the next decision will be as to what type of wheelchair they are willing to provide. Remember, this is based on actual needs, not on what you would personally like. If you can justify why you need a specific chair, or extra functions above the basic then you may or may not be given that chair. The NHS wheelchair services have a limited budget which they have to spend carefully in order that they may enable as many people as possible to be mobile.

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If you are able to self-propel, or are unable to operate a powerchair you will almost certainly be provided with a manual wheelchair to push yourself about, or for another person to push you in. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a supportive seat/cushion though so make sure they are suitable for your needs. In some specific circumstances you may be provided with a powerchair that has a control for someone else to drive the chair for you.

Someone who is unable to push themselves in a manual chair will usually be provided with a powered wheelchair, unless this would be considered dangerous, or their home is unsuitable. NHS wheelchairs are generally designed to be indoor chairs, so yes you may go shopping, school, college, etc… whilst using them, but don’t expect them to be able to be used on rougher terrain.

Further information can be found below:


When I Grow Up: A Look Back at Childhood Career Dreams

When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Almost every child has dreams of what they’d like to be when they grow up, I certainly did. What did you want to be, and is that the job you have now?


As a child I spent a lot of time in and out of the doctor’s and hospitals, so I think it was only inevitable that at some point I’d desire to work in the medical profession somehow. I dreamt of being a nurse, even at a young age I realised that this probably wasn’t a realistic career path for me, but even so it was one I hoped to attain.

Later on having grown beyond this and taken on board that this wasn’t going to happen, I turned my aim towards working with young children in someway, I wasn’t sure what in form this job would take, and was advised that this would never be possible due to my disability. On this, I am delighted to say, I proved the nay sayers wrong.

In the end I did indeed work with young children for over ten years, as a Nursey School Assistant. I helped them with their reading, writing, crafts, and also to build their computer skills. Along the way I also hope I taught them other life skills such as empathy, tolerance, sharing, listening, and understanding everyone is different but of equal value/importance.

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Tess Torjussen: It’s important to demystify deafness for hearing parents (BSL) — The Limping Chicken

“He has a significant and permanent hearing loss”. “He’s deaf”. *Silence* I look down at my sleeping baby and gently […]

Tess Torjussen: It’s important to demystify deafness for hearing parents (BSL) — The Limping Chicken