Do I have to accept the NHS wheelchair I am offered?
No, after your assessment you have three courses of action.When you have seen what the NHS wheelchair is like you can choose the-
1. Standard option- Accept the chair and the conditions offered.
2. Partnership option You receive a voucher, called a Personal Wheelchair Budget (PWB), to the value of the chair offered and you can add your own money to purchase an upgraded chair or one with the extras your want. In this partnership agreement you must chose a chair, and/or extras, from an NHS supplier and the chair will remain NHS property and they will maintain it.
3. Independent option. You take your PWB to an independent wheelchair supplier where you will be received credit for it and with your own money purchased the chair you really need. In this case, the chair will be yours, but the PWB does include an extra amount to include maintenance.