THE state-of-the-art Army Recovery Centre,
a dedicated 12 bed wing of the £8.6 million Erskine Edinburgh
Home, is the result of a partnership between the Army, veterans’ charity
Erskine, and Help for Heroes (H4H) who together are providing accommodation
and support for soldiers wounded or injured during Service.
is the first purpose-built Army Recovery Centre launched in the UK.
Continuous evaluation of this pathfinder scheme will show the way
to deliver similar services wherever the need is identified, with
planning already underway towards a second pathfinder facility in
Before the centre opened, once patients left hospital
or the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, most
continued to convalesce at home. However, some families simply cannot
provide the required level of support and care needed to allow patients
to return to duty or make a smooth transition to civilian life.
centre will benefit the Army, allowing injured personnel to continue
to recover in a residential environment with specialised care provided
for individual resident needs. The personnel will gain from a structured
military environment close to existing garrison facilities including
care and rehabilitation, a gym, career management and counselling.
The recovery centre will also cater for families as they support
their loved ones.
Major Jim Panton, Chief Executive of Erskine, said:
"The Army Recovery Centre will provide
the final recovery and rehabilitation care required for 12 injured
soldiers at a time. Being at the forefront of care provisions, through
the launch of the pilot Army Recovery Centre, is testament to the
dedication and service provided by Erskine over the years, and we
are delighted to be working together with Help for Heroes and the
Army to provide this much needed service."
Under Secretary of State for Defence, Kevan Jones said:
“We are constantly reviewing how best to support our injured
people, and this is an important new initiative. It’s an exciting
model, bringing the MOD, Erskine Homes and H4H together, ensuring
that each organisation can focus on what it does best. It will help
us learn more about this partnership approach for the future, and
how it could fit into the new welfare support package that the MOD
developing for all Service personnel, veterans and their families.
Sir Richard Dannatt, said:
"This scheme will enable a smooth transition back to duty
or to civilian life for those who have suffered appalling injury
in service of their country. We look forward to the development of
this capability across the country.”
Officer Commanding, Major Roddy Sutherland, in charge of the Army
Recovery Centre, said:
"The New Army Recovery Centre in Edinburgh is an excellent opportunity to
provide recovery support for personnel from the Army, who have been injured while
on duty. The Residents of the facility will have access to all the medical and
support staff available within Edinburgh Garrison, which will help develop them
within the military system.” Bryn Parry, Co-founder and Chief
Executive of Help for Heroes, said: "I hope that the Edinburgh
Pathfinder Army Recovery Centre will be the first of many, providing
our young Servicemen and women with a launch pad to life and enabling
them to learn the skills necessary for a successful future.”
Help for Heroes has provided the funding for the centre, Erskine
will provide the facilities management and Hotel Services for the
building whilst the Army will staff the centre with military personnel
to carry out the care and rehabilitation.