The road to recovery

Although the Help for Heroes Recovery Centres and the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) are separate places run by separate organisations, 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 you have the best possible opportunity to recover after an injury or illness.

Those injured while serving are transferred 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 rehabilitation using adapted gyms and a specialised swimming pool funded by Help for Heroes.  

The new DNRC project involves the creation of a bigger rehabilitation centre 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 is planned that the DNRC will open at the end of 2017 and be operational in 2018, replacing the existing Headley Court.  All the capabilities in the existing 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 or after illness, you have access to Recovery Centres across the country which are one way in which you can get support from Help for Heroes. They are open to Service Personnel, Veterans and their families, for as long as they need it.

The Recovery Centres offer residential and day facilities where you can access life skills courses, training and education, top class sports facilities and activities as well as welfare advice – all in one place. In addition, the Recovery Centres provide support with individuals’ overall health and physical wellbeing and access to grants from Help for Heroes and other organisations.

Help for Heroes operates Recovery Centres in 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 Recovery Centres, so both those Service Personnel and Veterans can receive direct support. 

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