Personnel Recovery Centres offer both residential accommodation and day facilities for soldiers during their military recovery courses and activity programmes. Soldiers will be sent to a PRC to undertake the mandatory recovery courses that are part of their recovery programme, but they can also visit as day attendees if they live locally and would like to participate in any of the activities whilst at home on recovery duty.
Units need to book their soldiers on to the mandatory recovery courses, and update the soldier’s WISMIS record to reflect attendance. The form to attend the courses are available on the Defence Intranet in the Core Recovery Events pages of the ARC site, together with joining instructions for each PRC. Completed forms to attend the courses need to be submitted to the Course Booking Clerk at HQ Pers Support Command. Mailbox details are listed on the form.
There is also the option for soldiers to attend a PRC to join in the Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) either as a temporary resident or a day attendee. The RRP offers a rolling package of social and sporting activities as an alternative to staying at home alone. The unit needs to book the soldier on the RRP to ensure they have oversight of where their soldiers are, but as the RRP is an informal course attendance is booked directly with the PRC to confirm space.
Built for the Armed Forces by Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, the centres are designed to offer a conducive military environment for recovery activities including welfare, medical, educational and resettlement courses.
The military courses run roughly once a month in each of the PRCs and last between five and ten days. Each course has a capacity of up to 16 soldiers at different stages in their recovery. Dress at the PRC is civvies, although the military staff working there and teaching will be in uniform.
The centres also boast state of the art gym facilities, and can be used as a base to start other activities from such as Battle Back courses, Graduated Return to Work programmes, work placements and mandatory Army training tests.
External activities include fishing, canoeing, sailing, golf, swimming, riding, sub-aqua diving, parachuting, archery, cycling, sledge hockey, shooting and flying.
The centres are not hospitals or rehabilitation or physiotherapy centres, and soldiers must be self-medicating and independently mobile to stay there.
The recovery centres are open to serving wounded, injured and sick personnel, as well as veterans on a case by case basis.
There are five Army PRCs in total located in: Edinburgh, Catterick, Tidworth, Colchester, and Sennelager, Germany. In addition, there is also the Battle Back centre at Lilleshall.