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MoD: New plans to support sick and injured soldiers

Soldiers who are sick or injured will be given enhanced support to help them successfully return to duty or transition into civilian life under new plans announced by the MOD today, Thursday 11 February 2010.

The Army Recovery Capability (ARC) will take soldiers from the point of injury or illness through to their return to duty or into a successful and supported civilian life.

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The Army Recovery Capability will be made up of four key components:

Personnel Recovery Branch

A Personnel Recovery Branch will co-ordinate all elements of the Army Recovery Capability and provide the focal point for all aspects of support to the transition of wounded, injured and long term sick personnel. It will keep track of all those who enter the recovery process - to the point of discharge and beyond - and will develop employment opportunities for those leaving the Army.

Personnel Recovery Units

A co-ordinated network of 12 Personnel Recovery Units will provide support and guidance to personnel on a recovery pathway. These units will be dispersed throughout the UK, with each region led by a commanding officer, who in turn will be guided by the Personnel Recovery Branch. The capability will provide occupational therapists, welfare staff, and links to training and educational organisations, charities and other Government Departments, ensuring that a holistic and fully joined-up service is provided.

Individual Recovery Plans

Every person on a recovery pathway will have a tailored recovery plan, which is developed, co-ordinated and managed by a Personnel Recovery Unit. This will ensure individuals are able to access the particular support they need at each stage of their recovery.

Personnel Recovery Centres

Experience shows that injured personnel find a military environment conducive to the best possible recovery, so we will provide purpose-built Personnel Recovery Centres around the UK. These centres, built by Help for Heroes and run jointly by the Royal British Legion and the Army, will provide a residential base for those who need it. Each centre will be located inside or close to Army sites, enabling access to Army facilities and support from the Army, including existing medical, educational and other garrison facilities. The first centre is based in Edinburgh, with a second likely to be based in Colchester.

There is a long history of charitable organisations contributing to the welfare of serving military personnel, veterans and their families; this relationship will be strengthened further through the introduction of the ARC, for the continued benefit of Armed Forces personnel.

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