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Recovery

Recovery is defined as the activities, courses and mentoring that enable a wounded, injured or sick soldier to be able to return to duty or transition into civilian life. It is distinct from rehabilitation, which primarily relates to clinical medical treatment, but may involve some elements of it as the two often work together.

As soon as soldiers are entered into the recovery process after wounding, injury or sickness an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) is designed to meet their specific recovery needs so they can either return to duty or transition to civilian life. The IRP encompasses not only the soldier’s physical recovery, but also the mind and soul to include courses and training programmes for education and employment, as well as support in welfare and housing.

Soldiers are encouraged to take ownership of their own IRP, which is reviewed every 28 days to reflect their progress.

 

HARDFACTS

HARDFACTS is the model used by the Army as a checklist of potential problems and concerns that wounded, injured and sick soldiers could battle in their recovery. Not all points will be relevant to every soldier, but each area is discussed with the soldier to make sure they get the correct help they need to recover mentally and physically, and are prepared for all aspects of either returning to duty or transitioning to civilian life.

Information about each area with the names of relevant support agencies that offer additional help outside of the Armed Forces are detailed below:

Health

A soldier’s physical and mental health are the top concerns at the point of injury and are dealt with by the Defence Medical Services within state of the art facilities.
The below agencies and charities are also able to offer further information:
• Defence Medical Welfare Service
• SSAFA Forces Help
• Combat Stress
• Help for Heroes
• NHS Choice
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Accommodation and Relocation

Suitable accommodation that meets a wounded soldier’s physical needs, as well as being in the right area for further medical treatment, training, education, and employment whilst being close to family and friends is critical for a successful transition to civilian life. All of these elements will be discussed with the wounded, injured or sick soldier to help them decide where they ultimately want to live, with meetings arranged with experts each area to help them settle.
More information about accommodation and relocation issues can be found on the specialist sites below:
• Joint Service Housing Advising Office
• Army Welfare Services
• Haig Homes
• Speak to your local council
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Drugs and Alcohol

The Army is committed to making sure no soldier is dependant on drugs or alcohol, particularly if they are used by the soldier to help them through their wounding, injury or sickness. If either substance are an issue for the soldier, it will be built into their Individual Recovery Plan regardless of their injury.
More information and help with Drugs or Alcohol can be found through these specialist agencies:
• Forcesline
• SSAFA Forces Help
• The Big White Wall
• Talk to Frank
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Finance

Being able to support yourself and your family with a secure salary is a key concern to a soldier’s transition to civilian life. The Army work with a number of external agencies to offer financial advice on employment and also managing your money, be it an income or an injury settlement, to make sure financial concerns don’t effect recovery.
More information and help relating to finances can be found through the below specialist websites:
• Service Personnel Veterans Agency
• Army Welfare Services
• Money Force
• Dept of Work and Pensions
• Citizen’s Advice Bureau
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Attitudes

Attitudes and welfare are an essential part of recovery, and every soldier’s Individual Recovery Plan makes sure they are self-reliant and positive in all aspects of this.
More information and help on attitude and welfare issues is available from the below organisations:
• Army Welfare Services
• SSAFA Forces Help
• ABF The Soldiers Charity
• The Royal British Legion
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Children and family

Family support is key to any soldiers recovery, but it also important to make sure the family has the support it needs and is engaged in the recovery process.
More information about family support is available through the below agencies:
• Army Families Federation
• Directorate Children and Young People
• Children’s Education Advisory Services
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Training, education and employment

All soldiers are offered the educational opportunities they need to ensure they have the correct qualifications needed for their future, be it career and promotional courses for a return to duty or to enable employment outside of the Army.
More information about education and employment can be found through these agencies:
• Recovery Career Services
• Skill Force
• Charities listed with The Confederation of Service Charities

Supporting agencies

The Army has developed strong relationships with a number of supporting agencies, and charities who offer extend support to military personnel. The Individual Recovery Plan will therefore make sure each soldier is aware of all the agencies that are available to them to enable their recovery.
Some of these agencies include:
• Defence Medical Welfare Service
• Help for Heroes
• The Royal British Legion
• ABF The Soldiers Charity
• SSAFA Forces Help
• Combat Stress
More information can also be found through:
• Army Welfare Service
• Regimental Associations
• Gov.uk
• Service Personnel Veterans Agency
• BLESMA
• Blind Veterans

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