Wheelchair service provision programme
This programme of courses and assignment will provide a framework to develop theoretical principles for the management of wheelchair service delivery in all contexts. It will introduce the role of the wheelchair in mobility, explore assessment and the roles of the multidisciplinary team in wheelchair service delivery, as well as provide a theoretical understanding of management techniques and related clinical considerations. It will not teach practical skills or lead to any clinical qualification. The global network formed through this course will allow for shared knowledge and experiences to support good health care and a better quality of life for individuals who require the use of a wheelchair for mobility around the world.
In 2018 Physiopedia, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborated to develop and deliver a online programme of courses covering the topic of Wheelchair Service Provision.
The wheelchair is one of the most commonly used assistive devices for enhancing personal mobility, which is a precondition for enjoying human rights and living in dignity. For many people, an appropriate, well-designed and well-fitted wheelchair can be the first step towards integration, participation and inclusion in society. A wheelchair is much more than just an assistive device for many people with impairments; it is the means by which they can exercise their human rights and achieve inclusion and equal participation. A wheelchair provides mobility, ensures better health and quality of life, and assists people with an impairment to live full and active lives in their communities.
This programme consists of four separate online courses and an assignment:
- Introduction to Wheelchair Service Provision
- Steps to Appropriate Wheelchair Provision
- Wheelchair Fitting, Skills and Maintenance
- Wheelchair Service Delivery
- Final assignment
Course aimsThis programme of courses aims to provide a comprehensive theoretical understanding of Wheelchair Mobility and to develop an understanding of the theoretical principles, skills and knowledge underlying the management skills and knowledge in the management of wheelchair service delivery.
Hours of learning
Completing this programme will involve approximately 22 hours of learning activities that can be completed on a participant’s own schedule.
Please note that no deadlines are applied and this programme and its related courses can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 22 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Physioplus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to do reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 22 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Types of activitiesReading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum. Submitting a written assignment.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive your course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture.
- Complete all the programme courses.
- Submit a written assignment that meets the required standard.
- Complete a programme evaluation form.