On the 20 th September 2016 the Department of Health announced a total of £1.5M funding for child prosthetic research and technology.

The national Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration will bring together clinicians, academics and industry partners so that
 innovations and research into child prosthetics can be brought to the NHS more quickly and to greater scale. It is to be led by Sheffield based organisation NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC).
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The focus of this research is specific to upper and lower limb prostheses.

The purpose of this survey is to identify the needs from within the current service provision in order to stimulate new research and collaborations, accelerate new developments and to raise the profile of the prosthetics community. This work will focus on understanding not only the current but potential  future needs/requirements in service provision.

This research is being carried out to help influence future funding calls with identified unmet needs.

Your participation in this research will help to open up opportunities for future collaboration, ensuring that there is a balance of 'clinical pull' and 'technical push'. This collaboration will seek to foster innovation and partnerships and accelerate the translation of newinventions and developments in child prosthetics into everyday use.

This research is particularly concerned with the five key touch points listed below:

Choice - giving users a freedom of choice (type, style, colour, design etc) thereby meeting the varying life requirements of the individual.
Comfort - providing adequate support and comfort to optimise function and user independence.
Capability - enabling products to meet the individual lifestyle requirements of the user.
Cosmesis - wherever possible, providing products that are cosmetically acceptable to the user.
Caring - enabling those engaging with users to understand the needs of disabled people.

Additionally, this research is keen to gather the thoughts of service providers on the challenges faced when developing products that can adapt to the ongoing development and growth of the child amputee. We are keen to understand the challenges of developing such products.
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