Funding for activity prostheses for children
Posted: Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:38
The Department of Health will fully fund sports and activity prostheses for children in England who have suffered from limb loss or were born with a limb deficiency. Up until now, there has been no dedicated funding available for children's activity or sports limbs. This decision allows children and young people, previously restricted to standard everyday prosthetic limbs, to become more active and involved in physical activity. Whether it's playing games at school, becoming involved in PE, participating in organised sports or aspiring to be a Paralympian, this funding will ensure that hundreds of children can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. Providing children and young people with the opportunity to participate in sport and activity with their peers not only ensures they will get the exercise they need for healthy development, but also helps to build their social skills and improve their self-confidence. Ottobock offer a wide range of sports and activity solutions for children and young people under the age of 18 years old.
Parents in England can now take their children to NHS Limb Fitting Centres to be assessed for eligibility and following assessment, must meet all of the following criteria:
A) The child or young person is under the age of 18 at the time of assessment
B) The child or young person has suffered limb loss or congenital limb deficiency
C) The child is medically fit to engage in physical activity
D) The child or young person will benefit from the prosthesis and from engaging in physical activity (this could include PE, sports or games at school, recreation, playing with friends or organised sporting activity)
E) The prosthesis is appropriate for the child or young person and the activity it was intended for
F) The child has demonstrated an interest in the physical activity or sport in question e.g. member of a club and has sought information on the sport.