The Help for Heroes Recovery Centres and the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) are completely separate places, run by separate organisations but they have the same aim: to support the wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces along their road to recovery. They are both part of a pathway which ensures that those injured, by whatever means, have the best possible opportunity to recover – a journey that can take years in some cases.
Those wounded on operations are transferred from field hospitals to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. After medical treatment, many transfer to Headley Court, the current Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. This is where clinical treatment is provided, which includes neurological care, occupational therapy and physical rehab using adapted gyms and a specialised swimming pool.
The new DNRC project involves the creation of a bigger rehab centre in the Midlands at Stanford Hall near Loughborough. It will be purpose-built to provide state of the art clinical rehabilitation for the treatment of those wounded or injured in service. It aims to return members of the Armed Forces to work in ships, regiments and air stations if at all possible.
It is planned that the DNRC will open at the end of 2017 and be operational in 2018, replacing the existing Headley Court as a 21st century version of it. It will replicate all the facilities at Headley Court and add many more. All the capabilities in the Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex at Headley Court will transfer to Stanford Hall and the name will live on. It is planned that the DNRC will also help injured veterans and civilians at a separate establishment on the same site.
Beyond rehabilitation, wounded and injured soldiers, sailors, marines and airforce personnel move into a final phase: recovery. This happens at the newly built network of Recovery Centres across the country, which are also open to veterans and their families.
The Recovery Centres offer residential and day facilities where they can access life skills courses, training and education, top class sports facilities and activities as well as welfare advice – all in one place and available whenever they are needed. In addition, they provide support with individuals’ overall health and physical wellbeing and access to grants from Help for Heroes and other charities.
Help for Heroes operates Recovery Centres, at Tidworth, Catterick,and Colchester, as well as the Naval Service Recovery Centre in Plymouth. Small teams of armed forces recovery personnel are based at the Centres, so both the serving and veterans can receive direct support.
For more information on the new DNRC at Stanford Hall, click here: http://www.stanfordhallredevelopment.org.uk/what-is-the-dnrc/the-proposition.aspx