Orthopaedics: Young People

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Bingham Andrew Bingham Conservative, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to provide care and respite funding for young adult amputees.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on specific funding for young adult amputees is not held centrally.

NHS England has advised that the rehabilitation and re-ablement of all patients is provided by a specialised Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) which should be consultant led. The needs of patients of all age groups are addressed including physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual with the emphasis on individual outcomes, independence and prevention keeping patients dexterous, mobile and safe. Secondary injuries should be minimised.

The NHS Standard Contract for Complex Disability Equipment – Prosthetics, which applies to all ages, sets out how the specialist centres should operate and the required level of service delivered. It also recognises that children, young adults, veterans and other patients require a flexible model of care which provides longer term involvement with the full MDT. The specification also recognises that child growth is a recognised clinical need.

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