The recovery mission
As soon as a soldier enters the recovery process after wounding, injury or sickness an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) should be designed with them to meet their specific recovery needs so they can either return to duty or transition into civilian life.
The IRP represents their recovery mission.
The IRP encompasses not only their 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. The elements the IRP looks at are covered by the HARDFACTS.
Soldiers are encouraged to take ownership of their own IRP, which is reviewed with you every 28 days to reflect their progress.
HARDFACTS is the model used by the Army as a checklist of potential problems and concerns that soldiers could battle in their recovery. Not all points will be relevant to them, 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.
Health – This covers physical and mental health, and the requirements a soldier has in relation to their injury or illness.
Accommodation and Relocation – This checks that the soldier has suitable accommodation or relocation package to suit their needs.
Drugs and Alcohol – If there are any drug or alcohol dependency issues they need to be addressed in the IRP.
Finance – The IRP will also need to address financial concerns.
Attitudes, relating to all aspects of welfare – The IRP needs to assess attitudes and the ability to be self-reliant.
Children and family – This covers the soldier’s relationship with the family as part of the recovery process.
Training, education and employment – Part of the IRP will be to ensure the soldier has the correct training and education for the best employment possibilities both inside and outside the Army.
Supporting agencies – The IRP also looks at the best supporting agencies available to the soldier.
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