British disability sport and arts charity foundation LimbPower announced that their Children’s Activity Prosthetic Fund will be supplying around 70 children with activity limbs by the end of March.
Last year the British government announced that GBP 1,500,000 would be released for Children’s Activity Prosthetic Limbs, a major step forward for those who had campaigned to secure the fund.
GBP 750,000 of the fund has been allocated to providing children up to the age of 18 with prosthetic limbs. Components and GBP 750,000 has been allocated to a research collaboration into identifying what children and their families want from their prosthetic service and how this can be delivered.
National Health Service (NHS) Limb Centres across Great Britain have been prescribing activity limbs for children since October 2016, with more than 50 children already in receipt of activity limbs. It is anticipated that 70 children will have been issued with activity limbs by the end of the month.
The current trial fund is open to application until the end of March 2018. LimbPower has said they are hopeful the enthusiastic response to the availability of children’s activity prostheses coupled with the results of the extensive research taking place, will lead to an extension of the trial or see it become permanent option for children with limb differences across the country.
LimbPower has been working closely with the Department of Health in administrating the fund and to facilitate the application and invoicing procedure to make it as easy and quick as possible for all Limb Centres.
More information on the Children’s Activity Prosthetic Fund can be found on LimbPower’s website.