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Individual Recovery Plan

Your recovery mission

As soon as you are entered into the recovery process after wounding, injury or sickness an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) is designed with you to meet your specific recovery needs so you can either return to duty or transition into civilian life.

The IRP represents your recovery mission.

The IRP encompasses not only your 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 for a complete recovery. The elements the IRP looks are covered by the HARDFACTS.

You are encouraged to take ownership of your own IRP, which is reviewed with you every 28 days to reflect your progress.

If your case is not being reviewed, you must speak to your support team.


HARDFACTS is the model used by the Army as a checklist of potential problems and concerns that you could battle in your recovery. Not all points will be relevant to you, but each area is discussed with you to make sure you get the correct help you 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 your physical and mental health, and the requirements you have in relation to your injury or illness.
Accommodation and Relocation – This checks that you have suitable accommodation or relocation package to suit your needs.
Drugs and Alcohol – If you have any drug or alcohol dependency issues, this will be addressed in your IRP.
Finance – Your IRP will also signpost you to organisations who can assist if you have financial concerns.
Attitudes, relating to all aspects of welfare – The IRP will help you assess your attitudes and ability to be self-reliant.
Children and family – This covers your relationship with your family in your recovery process.
Training, education and employment – Part of your IRP will be to ensure you have the correct training and education for the best employment possibilities both inside and outside of the Army.
Supporting agencies – The IRP also looks at the best supporting agencies available to you.

If you are worried about any of the above issues and want to find more information from charitable organisations, the Confederation of Service Charities provides details of organisations that conform and adhere to strict governing rules.