Advice and support
Blesma offers advice and support to Members who may have been fitted for a prosthesis or awaiting fitting. As well as a contact with the Blesma Support Officers regionally there is a dedicated Blesma Support Officer that focuses on Prosthetics matters that can assist if required. Contact between Members can be facilitated where required - sometimes just having someone else to talk to can help.
Blesma works closely with the NHS to ensure the latest advances in the relevant medical fields are converted into practical solutions that can benefit all our Members. We do not provide Member's prosthetics, but we do help prosthetists develop their skills at undergraduate and PhD level.
In the last year we have:
- Made 337 successful prosthetic panel applications. A number of these upgrades were received by veterans aged over 60, the eldest being 89
- Advised 175 Members, including 14 tribunals
I joined Blesma as soon as I was injured in 2009. They were by my bedside from the very beginning and they’ve helped me out with adaptations to my house. They’ve also given me a lot of support and have made me see that the best thing to do is keep moving forwards with my life.
Anyone fitted for a prosthesis will know that the socket fit is paramount and it is often the cause of most issues. Blesma keeps up to date with developments in this area and encourages research and development, maintaining close links with NHS centre teams, Defence Medical Services and industry.
Blesma understands that you are an individual with individual needs.
How do I contact the Prosthetics Support Officer?
Telephone: 0208 548 7080