There are various ways therapy can be funded:
You can discuss with your GP or consultant whether The NHS will fund Bobath therapy for your child. The final decision will depend on:
- Your child being "ordinarily resident" in the UK
- Your NHS Clinical Commissioning Group agreeing funding
A decision can take four months or longer and only around 10% of the 200 UK CCGs are currently funding Bobath therapy. If you are successful, your GP/CCG will notify us in writing and we will then contact you to arrange an appointment. If you are unsuccessful, you can still self-fund from personal funds or fundraise. All children receive the same level of treatment regardless of how they are funded.
Direct Payments for Healthcare
The NHS can make Direct Payments for Healthcare if the Bobath Centre is named as part of your care plan. Direct payments can be spent on a broad range of things inc;luding Bobath Therapy that will enable you to meet your health and wellbeing needs. A direct payment may only be spent on services agreed in the care plan which is agreed by both the CCG and the person receiving care, or their representative. Before signing off the care plan, the CCG must be reasonably satisfied that the health needs of the patient can be met by the services specified in the care plan. For more information on Direct Payments for Healthcare please click here
Private Health Insurance
Check with your health insurers to see if your policy covers your child's treatment at the Bobath Centre. If it does, you can pay for treatment and then reclaim the cost. We will be happy to provide invoices and receipts.
If your child's cerebral palsy is the result of medical or clinical negligence they may be eligible for compensation to pay for their long-term care. This may include the ongoing cost of Bobath therapy. If you are making (or thinking of making) a claim, we recommend that you speak to a specialist solicitor. Your child may also be awarded an interim payment to cover the cost of treatment while their case is being considered.
Fundraising and Charitable Support
Many families and friends now fundraise for their child’s Bobath therapy. There are also charities that offer financial support.
Please contact us for further details.
Bobath therapists don’t accept the notion that nothing can be done for a child and they keep searching for solutions