The UK government has approved plans for a new National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC), which is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. The £105 million facility will be built on the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate in the East Midlands, alongside the existing Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.
The NRC will be a 70-bed, purpose-built facility that will provide specialist rehabilitation services to people who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses. It will also be a centre of excellence for research, innovation, and training in rehabilitation.
Its objective is to act as the national hub for rehabilitation, transforming how people recover and regain fitness and function following serious injury or illness. It will also widen access to rehabilitation beds.
The centre will be run by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University. The academic partnership will enable the NRC to pioneer innovative new approaches to rehabilitation, including new technologies. It is expected to significantly impact the lives of people who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses. It will help them to achieve the best possible recovery and return to their full potential.
The NRC is a significant development for the UK healthcare system. It will provide much-needed specialist rehabilitation services to people who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses, helping them to achieve the best possible recovery and return to their full potential. The NRC will also be a centre of excellence for research, innovation, and training in rehabilitation, which will benefit the entire healthcare community.
Health Minister, Lord Markham, said:
“This is a significant milestone. The new 70 bed National Rehabilitation Centre will bring the latest research and training into clinical settings, not only helping people recover and live more independently after serious injury or illness but also freeing up clinician time so they can continue to cut waiting lists.
“This demonstrates further delivery on our commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030, to ensure staff and patients benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and modern technology.”
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