EquipU issues community equipment to 25% of the Scottish population. Glasgow council and EquipU had been issuing large quantities of a very basic single motor 3 way chair to meet functional needs. In many cases, this standard chair was not meeting the needs of the service users and expensive specialist chairs were required.
In order to reduce expenditure and improve service delivery to those who really needed the chairs, Glasgow raised the bar on who was eligible for seating provision, eliminated the standard single motor rise and recline chair and made the Configura® rise and recline the first option for seating provision. When a seating need arose, OTs first considered the Configura® chair before other more specialists, more expensive, less adjustable chairs.
The Configura® rise and recline chair is held in stock and is viewed as a ‘stock special’ rather than ‘standard stock’. This has enabled them to meet the needs of service users better while reducing expenditure and lead times. An extensive training programme was developed for stores and OT staff.