Posture and mobility services are a collection of services whose primary function is to work in conjunction with local wheelchair services, rehabilitation units and regional specialist services.
Consultant-led clinics for people who may benefit from a specialist rehabilitation team assessment regarding medical and clinical management of their condition or needs as they relate to posture and/or mobility.
People who require complex or unique seating or mobility solutions such as ventilator accommodation on a wheelchair. This includes consideration of functional needs when using a wheelchair, for example assessment and provision of mobile arm supports.
People who would benefit from a medical consultant opinion on their suitability to control a powered wheelchair or control their spasticity management.
People who would benefit from a pressure care assessment including interface pressure measurement.
People who are unable to access standard joystick controls but may benefit from a powered wheelchair, can be referred to the regional posture and mobility service.
Integrated service provided from the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre.
A need for assessment and interim provision of seating and mobility equipment as part of early inpatient rehabilitation. Prognosis may be unclear and changeable.
This service is able to assess for, and loan, seating and mobility equipment until longer term needs are established. Typically, this service works closely with acute/rehabilitation inpatient units. At an appropriate point, a referral will be made to the local wheelchair service for provision.
Providing rehabilitation engineer support into local wheelchair services.
The rehabilitation engineer service is an element of regional posture and mobility services. We support rehabilitation services across the region including the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, local wheelchair services, and rehabilitation hospitals across the West Midlands.
Click here to go to the rehabilitation engineer service page.
Training courses, research projects, and audits can be carried out by posture and mobility services where agreed by the West Midlands wheelchair managers group.
Click here to go to the posture and mobility service training, R&D and audit page.
Referrals to posture and mobility services are accepted from local wheelchair services or from health or social service professionals. A referral is usually discussed with the particular patient's local wheelchair service before any appointment date and time is agreed. We then send out a confirmation letter to the patient and the local wheelchair service once an appointment is agreed.