What is the Defence Recovery Capability?
The Defence Recovery Capability (DRC) is a Ministry of Defence (MOD)-led initiative – delivered with charitable partnerships – to ensure that military personnel with:
- Battle injuries (i.e. wounded);
- Injuries; or
- Sickness (together termed WIS),
have access to the key services and resources they need to help them:
- Return to duty; or
- Make a smooth transition into civilian life.
Who are the Charitable Partners?
Charitable partnerships include:
- Help for Heroes; and
- The Royal British Legion.
How is the DRC Structured?
DRC consists of:
- Royal Navy Recovery Pathway (RNRP);
- Army Recovery Capability (ARC); and
- RAF Recovery Capability (RRC).
What is an Individual Recovery Plan?
- Each person who comes under the DRC will get a tailored Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) which enables them to focus on their outcome, either their return to duty or transition to civilian life.
- It integrates all aspects of recovery including medical care, welfare, housing, education, reskilling, work placements, employment issues and opportunities.
What are Personnel Recovery Units?
- If an individual’s case is particularly complex or recovery is likely to take more than 56 days, they could be transferred to a Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU).
- A PRU will ensure they receive a consistent and high quality command and care provision that will deliver the right outcome for the individual and the MOD, however long that takes.
- Once transferred to a PRU, personnel are allocated a Personnel Recovery Officer (PRO) who will be is their military point of contact.
- The PRO will provide support throughout the period of recovery whilst in service, including regular home visits.
What are Personnel Recovery Centres?
- Personnel Recovery Centres (PRCs) offer a residential capacity to those wounded, injured and sick personnel from across the armed forces undergoing recovery as well as providing facilities for day attendees; they are not hospitals, rehabilitation or physiotherapy centres.
- Individuals assigned to a PRC must be self-medicating and independently mobile.
- The centres are in major garrisons in the UK and Sennelager (Germany) and are able to take advantage of the full range of welfare, medical, rehabilitation, education and resettlement facilities.
- PRCs are open to serving wounded, injured and sick personnel of the Armed Forces and veterans on a case by case priority basis.
- The centres have been designed to:
- Create a conducive military environment where wounded, injured and sick personnel can recover.
- Facilitate and conduct recovery courses and activities in support of individual recovery plans
- offer a secure base for wounded, injured and sick personnel throughout the duration of their recovery.
- Act as a launch point for other recovery activities such as Battle Back activities, Graduated Return to Work programmes, work placements and mandatory army training tests.
Where are Personnel Recovery Centres Located?
- Edinburgh: Edinburgh House, opened August 2009; it provides residential accommodation for up to 12 personnel and 15 day attendees.
- Colchester: Chavasse VC House, officially opened May 2012; it provides residential accommodation for up to 29 personnel and 30 day attendees.
- Tidworth: Tedworth House, opened July 2011; it provides residential accommodation for up to 54 personnel and 30 day attendees.
- Catterick: Phoenix House; it provides residential accommodation for up to 50 personnel and a further 30 day attendees.
- Germany: Brydon House, opened February 2012; it provides residential accommodation for up to 9 personnel and a further 15 day attendees.
- Battle Back Centre (Lilleshall): The Defence Adaptive Sports and Adventurous Training Centre, opened in October 2011; it provides residential accommodation for up to 24 personnel.
- In addition, the Royal Navy operate Hasler Company, based in HMS Drake at Plymouth, which is effectively a Royal Navy Personnel Recovery Centre for use by all 3 services; expansion of the facilities at HMS Drake is being supported by Help for Heroes.
What is the Recovery Career Services?
- The Recovery Career Services (RCS) was launched as part of the Defence Recovery Capability in May 2013.
- With significant and ongoing investment from the MOD and Charity Partners, the RCS will ensure WIS personnel are given every opportunity of competing in the civilian employment market.
- The RCS is a vocational, needs-based service, offering the greatest levels of support to those who face the most significant barriers to employment given their medical condition.
- The RCS is intrinsically linked with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the MOD provider of resettlement services.
- The RCS is accessed by wounded, injured and sick individuals, those supporting them in their recovery journey and our partners via the Recovery Career Services Portal.
FOI 2021/15661 dated 25 January 2022.
MOD (Ministry of Defence). (2016) Defence Recovery and Personnel Recovery Centres. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/defence-recovery-and-personnel-recovery-centres. [Accessed: 16 July, 2022].