What is the Defence Recovery Capability?

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:

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].


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