Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have been granted access to services at DMRC Stanford Hall since it opened in 2018.

Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to enable veterans with ongoing (a) musculoskeletal and (b) neurological rehabilitation needs to access services provided by DMRC Stanford Hall.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Since it opened in autumn 2018, 21 veterans have received treatment at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall.

The responsibility for veterans' healthcare in the UK rests with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), the NHS and its partners in the Devolved Administrations.

DMRC Stanford Hall currently provides services to a small group of veterans in the form of the Complex Prosthetic Assessment Clinic (CPAC), which is a joint Ministry of Defence (MOD) and NHS England commissioned outpatient clinic.

Work is ongoing between the MOD, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Devolved Administrations to explore high-pressure areas within the NHS that could be supported by the DMRC Stanford Hall, to determine whether and how it could benefit the veteran community.

In addition to the services provided to Service personnel and veterans at the DMRC, the Government has also committed funding to the development of an NHS England led National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC), with plans for the facility to be operational in 2022. The NRC will be co-located with the DMRC at the Stanford Hall site, enabling the sharing of expertise and the use of facilities available at the DMRC.

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