NHS funding for Microprocessor Knees
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Ottobock have been proudly providing the C-Leg 4 to medium to high active individuals through the NHS since 2016. However, did you know that less active individuals could get funding for the Kenevo. So whether you have a ‘through knee’, ‘above knee’ or hip disarticulation amputation, there is an MPK available for you.
The funding means that amputees not only have access to an MPK which provides the most natural walking pattern (the C-Leg) but with the Kenevo the less active individuals can use this leading knee joint for improving mobility and gaining independence.
Funding of the C-leg means that amputees have access to one of the most popular MPK’s on the market.
Now in its fourth incarnation, the C-Leg 4 is the only microprocessor knee in its class that offers ease of stance release, intuitive stance, real time swing and stance phase control, safe reciprocal walking backwards and stumble recovery.
Amputees can enjoy everyday activities without needing to worry about walking down a slope, quickly changing direction or getting splashed by water.
To request a brochure about microprocessor knees or to find a prosthetist near you, get in touch with us.
What you need to know
What is available?
The funding means that amputees will have access to one of the safest and most popular MPK's on the market – the C-Leg. The C-Leg is the most widely used MPK across the world with more than 83,000 fittings carried out for people with transfemoral amputations since 1997. The C-Leg is the most clinically studied microprocessor knee, is extremely reliable and has the ability to help people achieve independence.
This microprocessor knee helps amputees achieve a more active lifestyle. It dynamically adjusts to everyday situations from varyingsurfaces to even walking backwards.
This knee joint will adapt as your confidence grows providing less active amputees independence. Safety is paramount so the Kenevo has the all important stumble recovery function.
A reliable and comfortable prosthetic foot ideal for low mobility users in conjunction with the Kenevo.
This prosthetic foot is recommended for moderately active persons of all ages who require a lightweight, functional foot.
How to apply
How to apply
If you wish to be fitted with an NHS funded prosthesis you need to contact your local NHS Prosthetist. You will then be assessed individually by your centre’s multi-disciplinary team (MDT). This could include your Prosthetist, Consultant, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. The assessment will aim to gather your full patient history as well as understand the daily activities, needs and challenges you may face as an amputee. A physical examination may also be required. You will need to be able to demonstrate commitment to the rehabilitation programme required for fitting. You will then, along with your care team, outline clear rehabilitation goals you would like to achieve. The goals will be centred around your ability, needs and aspirations and must be able to justify the need for an MPK. Upon the successful completion of the above, your MDT can then organise a trial. Prior to your trial, you may need to be fitted with a new socket. The trial will last four weeks, allowing you to take the prosthesis home and get the feel of what using a C-Leg or Kenevo in daily life is like.
During the trial you may need to attend some physiotherapy sessions, where you will be taught how to get the most out of your MPK. You will also need to prove that you have enough strength and balance to activate the knee as well as sufficient physical fitness to walk outdoors with the prosthesis. You must also be able to master the control, operation and care of an MPK. Your Physiotherapist may also record how you walk on your current prosthesis, compared to your performance during the trial. Referred to as outcome measures, these may include information on your mobility and noticeable changes that have taken place as a result of wearing your MPK. For example, if you have a history of instability documented through falls, stumbles or near misses it is imperative you share this information with your Prosthetist prior to your trial. Studies have found 64% of C-Leg wearers had a reduction in falls compared to wearing a mechanical knee. If the results of your C-Leg trial illustrate a higher level of stability for you, this will be a key finding to support your need for a C-Leg. The easiest way to keep track of this is by keeping a diary of your daily activity. Upon successful trial completion and based on your care team’s recommendations, you may then be eligible to be fitted with an NHS funded MPK.
If you have had prostheses before and are confident at walking then a C-Leg may be the best option for you. If you are a recent amputee, haven’t had a prostheses before or going through mobility you may fit under the low mobility bracket so a Kenevo maybe a better option. However your prosthetist will be able to advise you which one you would get the most benefit from.
Unfortunately the NHS has a strict criteria for amputees to meet, if you are unsuccessful you may want to look into getting a C-Leg or Kenevo from one of our private clinics.
In order to be eligible for an MPK, patients must meet certain criteria stipulated in the NHS commissioning policy. Firstly, you must fall into at least one of the following categories:
• Single, above knee amputation
• Hip disarticulation amputation
• Knee disarticulation amputation
• Double, above the knee amputation
• Double lower limb amputation with at least one being at above the knee level
At a minimum, you must have the potential to walk with a mechanical knee at a medium to high speed as well as at differing speeds and simultaneously overcome most natural obstacles (mobility level 3 and 4). MPK funding candidates should be unrestricted outdoor walkers and be capable of walking more than 50 yards on level ground. Lower mobility patients may also be considered for funding, if it can be demonstrated through a trial that the use of a microprocessor knee improves their mobility and environmental obstacle negotiation to the levels described above.
- NHS MPK Policy Patient Guide 4.30 MB | PDF
NHS MPK Policy Patient Guide
C-Leg 4 is now available on the NHS. Download our guide to the NHS MPK policy and learn more about C-Leg and what is available through the NHS.
- C-Leg 4: User brochure 18.02 MB | PDF
C-Leg 4: User brochure
Download our latest C-Leg 4 brochure for end-users.
- C-Leg 4 Clinical Evidence 634.21 kB | PDF
C-Leg 4: Clinical Evidence
Download our C-Leg 4: Clinical Evidence brochure. C-Leg is the most widely used and studied microprocessor-controlled knee on the market.
- Kenevo - User Brochure 28.37 MB | PDF
Kenevo - User Brochure
Download out latest Kenevo brochure for end-users and reclaim your life.