Affordable, 3D-printed, robotic prostheses for children and young people
The adequate provision of prostheses for children and young people is complex, reflecting the changing size, diversity of activities, as well as early social and psychological development of this cohort. The critical concerns of the child, the parent and the healthcare professional are that care promotes independence, is tailored to the individual, and complements their needs by maximising choice. Currently, this process is restricted due to cost and increased demand on limited NHS resources. As such, this proposal looks to address these concerns through the provision of affordable, multi-grip, robotic prostheses for children and young people with upper limb deficiencies.