Saving costs through reducing specials, increasing re-issue and recycling: Wiltshire County Council

Chairs/Configura Rise and Recline

Previous situation:

Wiltshire issued a basic, single motor 3 -way chair and if that was not appropriate, specialist chairs were considered. The specialist chairs were costly at around £2000-£3000, were difficult to adjust and clean, and tended to be problematic to re-issue.

Solution:

Configura was identified as a product which could fill the ‘middle ground’ between the basic chairs and specials, and thereby reduce the number of specials required. After being on contract for about 2 years, Wiltshire were able to demonstrate a marked reduction in expenditure on special chairs and increased re-issuing and recycling at the same time. Effectively Configura became a ‘stock special’.

Implementation:

Accora worked with Wiltshire to implement an extensive training programme which was delivered to Health and Social Care OTs, Physios and TVNs across the county. ‘Seating champions’ were also identified in key geographic areas who were trained to a higher level to enable them to deliver training sessions to their colleagues, to cover for staff rotation and new starters. Bespoke training sessions were also developed for TVNs and DNs across Wiltshire, to enable them to set up pressure care cushions confidently.

About Accora

Based on a deep understanding of the needs of individuals, caregivers and service managers – we have developed a range of cost effective chair and bed solutions. Our aim is to help improve comfort, function and posture, and assist in preventing injury from pressure damage or falls.