NHS Wheelchair Voucher Scheme
The wheelchair voucher scheme has been available since 1996. It gives you greater choice in the wheelchair you receive.
How does the scheme work?
You’re given a voucher to the value of the chair you would have been offered after your assessment (which is determined locally In each individual case). You can then put the voucher towards the cost of a chair that you buy privately or in partnership with the NHS. If you agree to maintenance of the chair by the NHS, you will have to return the chair to the NHS when you no longer need it.
However, you can opt for private maintenance, which will allow you to keep the chair permanently. Not all NHS wheelchair services offer the voucher scheme. Services decide locally whether to have a scheme and how that scheme is applied. You cannot exchange the voucher for cash. The voucher is non-taxable so it does not affect any disability benefits you receive.
Cost of wheelchair selected: £495.00
NHS Voucher Value: £280.00*
Difference payable by you: £215.00
*Please note the value of the voucher varies dependent upon clinical needs.