Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre (Wheelchair and Seating Service)
The Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre (M&SRC) provides manual and powered wheelchairs including special accessories and bespoke seating for patients with a permanent mobility issue. Children and young people are referred to this service from Sheffield, Barnsley and Bassetlaw Health Authorities. The service is commissioned to provide basic 'mobility aids' (though that can also include specialist accessories).
There are no age contraints - this is a "cradle to grave" service. All wheelchairs and equipment provided are classed as a "long term loan" and remain the property of the NHS.
Along with the provision of a wheelchair, the service also provides a 'free to the user' maintenance and repair service. Pressure care cushions and specialist paediatric supportive buggies are also supplied where appropriate.
The M&SRC building is a specialised unit located in the hospital grounds with wheelchair access, adapted toilets, nursing and therapy staff. There is a dedicated children's room.
Who to contact
- 0114 2715807
Where to go
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre
Northern General Hospital
- S5 7AU
The primary aim of the service is to enable or increase mobility - either independently or assited depending on the level of a user's ability. Mobility often enhances independence or increases function and so a secondary aim is to promote ability and function where possible.
Any child or young person with a long term condition (over 6 months) that prevents or severely restricts mobility can access this service. The child or young person must be registered with a GP in the area covered and entitled to UK NHS treatment. Once registered with this service (either via GP or accredited physiotherapist or occupational therapist) further assessment or needs can be directly accessed by the patient or parent/guardian or health service professional.
We currently have a main wheelchair and seating clinic in Sheffield based at M&SRC, and a term time clinic at Greenacre School in Barnsley for those with special educational needs. We can also visit the patient at the home address if required.
All published material produced or distributed the Service must meet the relevant policy controlled by the Trust's governance. Any communication is usually by letter to the home address.
All clinical staff are appropriately trained to assess for and set up all mobility equipment supplied by this service. Professional registration and governing body membership is maintained by the therapists and the qualified rehabilition engineers. Those with direct patient contact are trained to level 3 safeguarding children and are fully CRB checked. All other staff are trained at level 1.
Non educational providers Local Offer Response
- What outcomes does your service aim to achieve for children and young people with special educational needs and disability and their families?
Increased mobility - either independent or assisted depending on level of ability
- How accessible is the service and facilities for those with a disability
Specialist mobility unit based at the Northern General Hospital with a dedicated children's play area and a quiet children's assessment room if needed.
- Future developments
The main service improvements (currently underdevelopment at this time) are:-
- Introduction of on-line access to service infomation (patient and professional access)
- Increasing prescriber training and awareness
- Introducing technology to help speed up assessments
- Possible increase in specialist clinics at Greenacre School