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NHS approved funding for Microprocessor Knees

In December 2016 NHS England approved funding for the use of microprocessor knees (MPKs) for patients with the Clinical Commissioning Policy on Microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees.

Patients that meet the criteria set forth by NS England (see FAQ below), will be allowed to try out two separate microprocessor knees, to allow for optimal fit. The details of the selection process is outlined in the Clinical Commissioning Policy, but we recommend patietns contatn their local prosthetic centre to ask about funding and suitability. You may also reach out to our Össur Experts if that suits you better.

Download The Clinical Commissioning Policy

A real possibility of a life changing benefit

This means that NHS England has acknowledged that there is evidence to consider supporting microprocessor limbs, devices which can offer life changing benefits to patients and ensuring they can live a life without limitations, as the main focus of the funding is to improve walking and balance by aiding walking movements in real time which reduces falls and accidents caused by a lack of stability that can be experienced with other prosthetic limbs.

Does Ossur offer knees which are eligible for funding?

Össur has been at the forefront of designing the next generation of proshtetic limbs, [bionic], two of which are among the most advanced products on the market and eligible for the NHS Funding.


Now weatherproof, the RHEO KNEE 3 provides the most natural knee function among all microprocessor knees because it continuously adapts to the user and the environment while providing excellent stability and safety.

Features include:

  • Weatherproof design allows exposure to splashing of water.
  • Advanced actuator and resistance control ensure best possible resistance, e.g. more support in stair descent and minimum effort needed in level ground gait.
  • Effortless swing initiation enables a smoother gait, even in crowds and confined spaces.


From rehabilitation, to the home and office, to the gym and the trail, RHEO KNEE XC confidently goes anywhere. Whether rehabilitating on a spin cycle, navigating tight spaces, strolling around town, or hiking a trail in the rain, RHEO KNEE XC provides the perfect balance of stability and dynamics.

Features include:

  • Weatherproof design allows exposure to splashing of water.
  • Magnetorheologic technology enables an instant response so that users never have to wait for the knee to catch up with them.
  • Smart gait detection, including kinematic sensor technology, ensures stability and dynamic response in every situation.

What can Microprocessor Knees offer?

The technology of MPKs has advanced significantly in the last few years. Referred to as any artificial knee joint which includes a battery-powered, built-in, programmable computer they are designed to constantly monitor the activities of the patient including:

  • Easy walking between parallel bars in rehab to smooth walking on real world terrain
  • Continuously controlling swing and stance phase based on real time gait data
  • Automatic cycling recognition from range of motion training on a stationary bike to riding your bike in the great outdoors
  • From stepping over manmade objects in rehab to avoiding real world obstacles
  • From stepping over manmade objects in rehab to avoiding real world obstacles
  • From varying speed up to a light jog in rehab to running in a variety of everyday situations

What are my next steps?

In the first instance you should contact your local prosthetic centre to ask about funding and your suitability. All patients will undertake the pathway as outlined on page 21 of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Policy (link provided above).

  • Selection: Suitability of the patient in relation to the criteria set within the policy, with an assessment performed by a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team
  • Prioritisation: Patients will be assessed in relation to their clinical need due to budgetary constraints
  • Full clinical assessment: A complete physical examination combined with assessments of your medical and activity history and current status
  • Goal setting: This refers to the outlining of SMART objectives
  • Trial: Once you have been accepted a trial will be arranged, allowing you to trial two separate units so that you are able to compare prior to making a decision on which is most suited for you

Following this process a number of outcome measures will be assessed as to the overall and continued suitability of the MPK.

For more information speak to a member of our team


Am I eligible for the funding?

How do I apply for funding?

What is Microprocessor Knees funding?

What is a microprocessor knee?

What are the causes of amputation of the knee?

What is a SIGAM Mobility Grade?

What are K Activity Levels?

Do I need to visit an NHS England clinic first?

Is the MPK funding only available to those living in England?