Funding for Children's Activity and Sports Prostheses

What is it about?

The Department of Health has made the decision to 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.

What is available?

What is available to my child?

Ottobock offer a wide range of sports and activity solutions for children and young people under the age of 18 years old. Whether its playing badminton, going kayaking with the Scouts, running at the athletics track or going on your first school skiing trip, there is something for everyone. For a full overview of the products available to your child, please see our Parent’s Guide under the downloads tab.

1E93 Runner Junior

Specifically designed for active children with a body weight of up to 45kg (approx. 12 years old) the Runner Junior is a durable lightweight carbon blade which can be adapted to suit the child’s running style. On the school field, playing with friends or at the local running club, the waterproof Runner Junior is the ideal choice for those children with below the knee amputations and when fitted with a 3S80 sports knee joint, forms the perfect active solution for those with knee disarticulation and above the knee amputations.

1E91 Runner

For younger adults with a body weight of 40kg – 125kg the Runner is the perfect choice for those with athletic ambition. From beginner to high performance levels the lightweight, waterproof carbon fibre blade can be adjusted to suit the users’ needs. Switching between the spike sole and the runner sole means it can be used for both recreational and track running but is ideal for a more comfortable, bouncy style of running. Teamed up with a 3S80 sports knee joint, this makes the winning combination for knee disarticulation and above the knee amputees.

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1E90 Sprinter

For younger adults with a body weight of 40kg – 100kg the Sprinter’s spring shape is specifically designed for maximum energy return which lends itself to competitive running and sprinting. The Sprinter has proven itself in International and Paralympic Competition as the foot of choice for outstanding performance and when paired up with the 3S80 sports knee joint, it makes for the ultimate gold medal winning combination. The Sprinter has a range of different fitting adapters which means that those with symes and long below knee amputations can also be fitted with this system.

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1E95 Challenger

The Challenger is the ultimate fitness foot for young adults, weighing between 56 – 90kg, wishing to take part in high-activity sports at both beginner and professional levels. Whether playing basketball, badminton, netball, hockey or football the foot’s added stability and excellent control during rapid movement, ideally lends itself to high-impact team sports. The Challenger’s superb shock absorption and energy return, also enables comfortable yet fast movements for field, court and running sports. Used with a shoe, the waterproof Challenger is the ideal prosthesis for the sportiest of amputees.

The Policy and Process

The Policy and Process

NHS Limb centres in England may request funds for individual sport & activity prosthetics they have prescribed up to the value of £5000 for each limb (including all the associated costs of the new limb, such as a new socket).

In order to gain some satisfactory outcome measures to support the application process, the child may be asked to spend a few weeks on a trial limb. Ottobock have a team of specialist Prosthetists from our Academy who are on hand to support and offer advice to parents, patients and prosthetists in selecting and fitting the best limb. They are able to attend the clinic appointments to assist the prosthetist in the correct set up, alignment and fine tuning of the trial limb. We are also on hand to attend the fitting and delivery of the final prosthesis to ensure that the child or young person is getting the very best from the new limb.

For more information about the policy and how your child can be funded a sports and activity prosthesis, please see our Parent’s Guide under the downloads tab.



Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Parents in England can now take their child to their NHS Limb Fitting Centre 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.

For further information on your child’s eligibility for a funded sports and activity prosthesis, please view our Parent’s Guide under the downloads tab.



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Children's Activity & Sports Prostheses Funding - Parent's Guide

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much funding can my child receive?

NHS Limb centres in England may request funds for children's sport & activity prosthetics they have prescribed up to the value of £5000 for each limb (including all the associated costs of the new limb, such as a new socket).

Can my child receive funding at any NHS Limb Centre in the UK?

This funding from the Department of Health only applies to NHS Limb Centres in England. NHS Limb Centres in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland cannot apply for this particular grant - however NHS Scotland already have a scheme in place.

Who can I talk to before I visit my child's NHS Limb Centre

The Department of Health will be working with LimbPower who will be carrying out an administrative role to support Limb Centres and families through the process of completing an application. Head over to LimbPower's website and get in touch with them if you need support.

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