The road to recovery



Everyone supported by Help for Heroes has a unique Recovery journey. Help for Heroes works with many charity partners to meet these individual needs.

For some, Recovery from an injury or wound follows a period of clinical Rehabilitation.

Help for Heroes works alongside the new DNRC (Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre) to make sure everyone affected by their Service in the Armed Forces can either return to their military unit or begin a fulfilled and independent life as a Veteran.

The DNRC - Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall

Those injured or wounded while Serving are usually transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where they receive medical treatment.

After that, their clinical rehabilitation (overcoming to physical, neurological or mental health issues) takes place at the DNRC near Loughborough in the East Midlands.

The DNRC replaces Headley Court in Surrey, following a decision made by the Ministry of Defence to relocate clinical Rehabilitation to Stanford Hall.

This is where clinical Rehabilitation is now provided, including neurological care, occupational therapy and physical rehabilitation using adapted gyms and a specialised Help for Heroes Swimming Pool Complex.   

From 1947 to 2018 the DNRC has been Headley Court in Surrey. From 2019, the capability will be transferred to Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.


The new DNRC at Stanford Hall

The Stanford Hall Estate is over 4 times a larger than Headley Court, and has been built at a cost of over £300m by Black Stork, a charity set up by the late Duke of Westminster.

The DNRC will be fully operational in 2018, replacing Headley Court. 

All the facilities within the existing Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex at Headley Court have been recreated at Stanford Hall by the Black Stork charity.

The Help for Heroes Swimming Pool Complex at the DNRC.

It is hoped that the DNRC may one day help injured or wounded Veterans and civilians at a separate establishment on the same site.

Recovery after Rehabilitation – What Next?

Help for Heroes gets in touch with the wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel being supported at the DNRC, by offering fellowship and an introduction into sports recovery and other services, to start planning their individual recovery journeys.

Support includes career and life skill courses, sports and activities, as well as welfare and clinical advice.

In addition, Help for Heroes offers fellowship, physical and psychological wellbeing support and access to grants.

There are four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres offering residential and day facilities, located in Tidworth, Catterick, Colchester, and Plymouth, as well as support being available over the telephone, email and on Skype. 

Veterans Injury Clinic

The H4H Veterans Clinical Advisor (VCA) acts as a point of contact for beneficiaries with serious complex injuries and their long terms health issues such as hospital appointments, advice on clinical equipment, treatment and prosthetics. The VCA is a healthcare professional who understands both the circumstances of your injury or illness and how to guide you to the most appropriate care or support.

They also support a Veterans specific Injury Clinic which is held on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays at Salisbury District hospital by Mr Rod Dunn and Miss Alex Crick Plastic and Reconstructive Consultant Surgeons. 

If you think you need to attend this clinic or if you need support or advice regarding other health needs, no matter where you live, please contact

Michael Lake, Help for Heroes Chairmen and Mel Waters, Chief Executive at the DNRC
Michael Lake, Help for Heroes Chairman and Mel Waters, Help for Heroes Chief Executive at the DNRC
The Duke of Cambridge at the opening of the new DNRC
The Duke of Cambridge at the opening of the new DNRC

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