About the Alliance

Working to improve the quality and effectiveness of wheelchair services across England, the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance was set up in January 2015 after the second Wheelchair Summit on 27th November 2014. The Alliance has 13 members from a number of backgrounds including providers, charities, carers, wheelchair users, the NHS and industry, each providing unique insight into how wheelchair services can be improved. The inaugural chair is one of Britain’s most successful and inspiring Paralympians, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

There are around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK, roughly two per cent of the UK population, and whilst some people receive a good service too many have to wait too long for a wheelchair or to receive a wheelchair that is suitable for their needs. This is often due to a complicated system that simply does not respond to people’s needs in a timely and effective way.

The Alliance is a group committed to improving wheelchair services across England. Representing wheelchair users, their families, carers and other organisations, the Alliance is working to strengthen connections between key partners in order to bring about positive, lasting change and shape NHS wheelchair services into a system that works better for its users.

A dual approach has been adopted to improve wheelchair service provision and therefore to improve people’s lives as quickly as possible: they are The Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign, and the development of a Wheelchair Charter. Both approaches build upon the work that was started as a result of the wheelchair summits and those initiatives that have been effective in improving wheelchair services locally.

The Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign aims to raise awareness of issues in wheelchair services and highlight great practice, targeting those with the power to deliver change to make rapid improvements. The campaign also calls upon service users to help demand change by highlighting areas of improvement or by sharing great experiences. You can get involved with the online conversation by tweeting using @rightwheelchair and #MyWheelchair or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Wheelchair Charter outlines ten principles for how wheelchair services should be commissioned and delivered to ensure that people get the Right Chair at the Right Time. We are asking you as service users, manufacturers, providers, voluntary sector organisations, commissioners, clinicians and members of the public to pledge your support for the charter principles and the need for those in power to commit to delivering against them. By pledging your support we will, together, be able to start the change, commit to better service delivery and an improved quality of life for every wheelchair user.

Here’s the list of which alliance members are on the charter and campaign development subgroups:

Charter Subgroup

  • Caron Morton
  • Jean Waters
  • Karen Pearce
  • Kevan Baker
  • Krys Jarvis
  • Nick Goldup
  • Ray Hodgkinson

Campaign Subgroup

  • Angela Green
  • Doug Morris
  • Fiona Carey
  • Gail Russell
  • Karen Pearce
  • Kevan Baker
  • Nick Goldup
  • Tanvi Vyas

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