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2016

The Blesma News for 2016 covering news, activities and fundraising events for limbless veterans. 

  • Veterans Trauma Network

    Veterans Trauma Network
    29 December 2016

    Wounded military veterans are in line for better medical treatment for their complex injuries thanks to a campaign featuring Blesma. The Veterans Trauma Network (VTN) was officially given the go ahead this week to improve continuing treatment for discharged military personnel. It provides access to a regional network of ten NHS Veteran Trauma Centres where NHS and military experts in trauma can provide targeted clinical plans to a cohort of patients that has struggled within the existing system. Veterans often have complex injuries suffered in blasts from IED

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  • Blesma Community Programme nominated for a Millie Award 2017

    Blesma Community Programme nominated for a Millie Award 2017
    12 December 2016

    Blesma, the limbless veterans are pleased to announced that the Blesma Community Programme has been nominated for a Millie Award 2017. This year, Blesma worked alongside the Drive Project to introduce a new skillset to Members who have battled and overcome adversity. The programme taught Members to deliver their story in a professional and engaging way. It was taught by theatre industry professionals over a 5-day course. The Blesma Community Programme has been nominated in The Sun Military Awards “Support to our Forces” category. 

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  • Routine Commissioning for Microprocessor knees

    Routine Commissioning for Microprocessor knees
    5 December 2016

    NHS England have joined their Scottish and Irish counterparts in routinely providing micro-processor knees for those NHS patients who meet the criteria. Blesma has been associated with this policy decision from the early stages as part of the Prosthetic Sub Group of the Clinical Reference Group for Complex disability Equipment. Blesma Support Officer for Prosthetics, Brian Chenier, says: “Blesma has joined with others representing the limb loss community in England as many of our Members are living with limb loss for reasons not directly related to their military service. We are

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  • Families Project

    Families Project
    18 November 2016

    Blesma’s main concern is always to meet the needs of its Members, but we know from our detailed work over the years that living with limb loss greatly affects Members’ families, too. You may be surprised to hear that in  the UK there is no research into the impact on the families of veterans living with limb loss. But we do know from international research that the active participation of families in the recovery process of people with injuries or health conditions leads to real improvements in their lives. Blesma is working with the Veterans and Families Institute

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