Further funding for children’s prosthetics

30th April 2018

Hundreds of children with limb loss are set to benefit from a further £1.5 million investment into sports and activity prosthetics

Funding children's prosthetics

We’ve welcomed the additional funding, announced by Care Minister Caroline Dinenage, which will build upon the £1.5 million already invested by the Government since the original announcement in the 2016 March budget.

The additional investment into the fund, which has already supported 220 children, will mean that even more will be able to use sports or activity prosthetics, including running blades, as well as supporting research and innovation to improve prosthetic technology for the future.

Kiera Roche, chief executive of LimbPower, the National Disability Sports Organisation for people with limb impairments, who oversee the distribution of the fund, said: “LimbPower is delighted that the fund will continue for a further two years.

Children, not patients

“The impact this has had on the 220 children who have so far received their limbs is immeasurable. Children just want to be able to join in and feel included, especially at school and in the community, and this means playing and taking part in PE and games. The overriding messages we have received from children and parents is that they can be included, join in, run and jump just like their friends; they can be children and not patients.” 

Half of the original funding has funded research collaboration into child prosthetics, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The aim of this research collaboration is to bring together leading national research centres with capabilities in child prosthetics with key experts from the NHS, industry and clinical academia.

Pioneer new developments

The collaboration is helping to ensure research across the system accelerates new discoveries and pioneers new developments into child prosthetics.

This additional funding will help to build upon the collaboration’s early positive results which include the use of 3D printing in developing bespoke breathable prosthetic socket liners, a prototype game environment to help children train their muscles to control their prosthetic limbs, as well as the development of myoelectric or ‘bionic’ upper arm prosthetics for children.

To find out more about the additional funding and whether your child may be eligible to benefit, please speak to your Limb Centre or contact our helpline at helpline@meningitisnow.org.