Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC)

February 2017

In February 2017, The Rumi Foundation hosted a dinner in support of the DNRC in the company of HRH The Duke of Cambridge and His Grace The Duke of Westminster.

The new Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire, is a project inspired by the late Major General Gerald Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster, which resonates deeply with the Founder and the Trustees of The Rumi Foundation.

We must never forget the huge sacrifice that our armed services make for us everyday, and the debt we owe to them and their families for the sacrifices they have made in doing their duty. The DNRC is dedicated to helping servicemen and women who have suffered major trauma; and, for many of these individuals, rehabilitation can only be possible as a consequence of having access to specialist treatment and equipment that is simply not available at local level.

The creation of a new rehabilitation centre on the scale of the DNRC has never before been attempted in the UK, and the approach to realising this project will stand as an exemplar for how to design clinical rehabilitation facilities worldwide. This will be a global centre of excellence with state of the art facilities carefully considered for their therapeutic contribution to the rehabilitative process. A project of this scale will inevitably advance understanding and, in its parallel role as a teaching hospital, will be ideally positioned to share the collective knowledge and best practise with the rest of the world.

Now close to completion and due to open this year, the DNRC will be setting new standards of rehabilitative care. Its many advanced techniques and technologies are sure to make a significant contribution to both the physical and also the mental rehabilitation of not just our servicemen and women, but – and this is very important to the Foundation – the wider public too; not just in the UK, but also worldwide.