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To increase veterans’ ease of accessing innovative prosthetic products, the NHS introduced the Veterans’ Prosthetic Panel (VPP) funding in 2012. Additional to established military centres, such as Headley Court, this funding ensures that veterans can access high quality prosthetics such as bebionic, regardless of the Disablement Service Centre (DSC) that they attend.
Who is eligible for Veterans’ Prosthetic Panel funding?
- Veterans who have lost a limb whilst in military service
- Veterans who have left military service, but whose limb loss is attributable to an injury sustained whilst in service
Note: Veterans who have lost a limb whilst in military service or after they have left the military but is not attributable to service e.g. civilian road traffic accident, are not eligible for VPP funding, but can continue to access services as usual through their local DSC.
How to apply for funding
Your local Disablement Services Centre will need to provide the support to you in order to apply for funding with the Panel. How the process works:
- Initially, your local NHS DSC will assess you and complete the application form, sending it to the Veterans’ Prosthetic Panel. As this assessment could form part of a routine follow-up appointment, the panel does not fund it at this stage.
- The VPP will review the funding request, and either approve, refuse or request further information. You may appeal against the VPP’s decision.
- If approval is given, the VPP gives permission to your DSC to proceed with your treatment.
- The DSC invoices the VPP for the treatment cost.
- Unless extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated, additional funding above the amount authorized will not be permitted if treatment costs exceed the amount agreed.
The deadline for applications for panel consideration is 10 working days before the VPP meeting date. The VPP meets on the third Tuesday of every month.
Future VPP Meeting Dates
Tuesday 17 November 2015
Tuesday 15 December 2015
Tuesday 19 January 2016
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Tuesday 15 March 2016
This information is accurate at time of publication. For additional information and advice relating to VPP funding:
- Speak to your local Disablement Services Centre
- Contact your GP
- Visit NHS England