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Individual Recovery Plan

The recovery mission

As soon as your loved one enters the recovery process after wounding, injury or sickness an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) is 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.

If your loved ones case is not being reviewed, they must speak to their support team.


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 will be addressed in the IRP.
Finance – The IRP will also signpost organisations who can assist if there are financial concerns.
Attitudes, relating to all aspects of welfare – The IRP helps assess attitudes and the ability to be self-reliant.
Children and family – This covers the relationship between 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.

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.