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Core Recovery Events

Core Recovery Events (CRE) are key developmental activities that wounded, injured and sick (WIS) personnel undertake during their recovery. They have been designed to engage individuals in their recovery and through a holistic approach encourage WIS personnel to focus positively on their potential outcome.

All soldiers who are suffering from a medium to long-term wounding, injury or sickness will need to attend a series of between three and five mandatory courses to assist their recovery. The courses are designed to support the recovery process and include adaptive sports and adventure training as well as classroom-based training in finances, work placements and CV writing. While the courses are mandatory, there is latitude where courses are not relevant to the individual when discussed with their Personnel Recovery Officer or unit.

Soldiers are booked on to the courses by their unit. Application forms and Joining Instructions are on the Defence Intranet.

The first of the three Core Recovery Events, which are all held at the Personnel Recovery Centres, is designed to enable the wounded, injured or sick soldier to take control of their own Individual Recovery Plan.
The soldier’s unit will book them on to the course, which will include:
• Introduction to the Defence Recovery Capability
• Managing change. This explores the key issues associated with change as a result of being wounded, injured or sick
• Introduction to HARDFACTS and how it underpins the recovery process
• Stress management including health, welfare and family/relationship issues
• An initial training, education and employment analysis for each soldier. The outcomes will be discussed with the unit recovery staff prior to CRE 2
• Briefs and workshop from the supporting agencies
• A HARDFACTS Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) Workshop to develop your own IRP

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