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Veterans' prosthetics programme

Ensuring access to high-quality prosthetics

The veterans' prosthetics programme was set up to put into practise the key findings of 'A better deal for military amputees', a report by Dr Andrew Murrison MP.

Dr Murrison recommended that a small number of multidisciplinary centres should provide specialist prosthetic and rehabilitation services to ensure veterans have access to high-quality care similar to that provided by the armed forces.

Nine Disablement Service Centres (DSCs) across England have been selected to provide enhanced services to veterans who have lost a limb as a result of their service in the armed forces:

  • Bristol – Bristol Centre for Enablement, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Leicester – Leicester Specialist Mobility Centre, provided by Blatchford Clinical Services on behalf of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • Sheffield – Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre, Northern General Hospital
  • Carlisle – Disablement Services Centre, Cumberland Infirmary, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Preston – Specialist Mobility & Rehabilitation Centre, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stanmore – Stanmore Prosthetic Rehabilitation Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust
  • Portsmouth – Prosthetic Regional Rehabilitation Department, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Birmingham – West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Cambridge – Addenbrooke's Rehabilitation Clinic, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

All DSCs in England can apply to the Veterans Prosthetic Panel (VPP) on behalf of veterans.

Veterans Prosthetic Panel

The VPP was established in 2012 by NHS England. It was designed as an interim arrangement for veterans so they could apply for funding for high-quality prosthetic limbs. This application is then assessed by a specialised panel.

NHS England are continuing this arrangement as it is an excellent way of ensuring veterans can access high-quality prosthetics, regardless of which DSC they attend.

Who qualifies for VPP funding for prosthetics?

This additional funding is only available to veterans who have lost a limb during military service. A veteran who has left military service, but whose limb loss is attributable to an injury sustained while in service, also qualifies.

Veterans who lose limbs after they leave the military or while in the military but not as a result of service, such as in a civilian road traffic accident, will still be able to access services as usual through their local DSC.

For further information and eligibility criteria, read about veterans' prosthetics on the NHS England website.

Page last reviewed: 24/06/2015

Next review due: 24/06/2017