The UK Government has officially endorsed the establishment of a state-of-the-art £105 million clinical rehabilitation centre located in the scenic surroundings near Loughborough. This National Rehabilitation Centre, set to be situated at Stanford on Soar, will complement the existing Ministry of Defence rehabilitation facility inaugurated in 2018.

The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will oversee the operations of this new NHS establishment. With an anticipated launch for patient treatments by early 2025, this initiative is a significant stride in the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

The construction responsibilities have been entrusted to Integrated Health Projects, a collaborative venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine. The centre, equipped with 70 beds, will not only offer top-tier clinical care but will also house facilities dedicated to research, training, and education.

This centre is envisioned to serve as a beacon of excellence on regional, national, and international levels. By collaborating with esteemed institutions like the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University, the facility aims to spearhead innovative rehabilitation techniques. The overarching goal is to offer unparalleled rehabilitation services, aiding patients in reclaiming their life quality post severe injuries or ailments, and potentially conserving countless working hours.

Miriam Duffy, the NRC Programme Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “The National Rehabilitation Centre is a monumental leap in redefining clinical rehabilitation in the UK. This centre is set to redefine rehabilitation standards for future generations, ensuring individuals can achieve their utmost potential post any injury or ailment.”

The Stanford Hall estate, where the centre will be located, is owned by Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster. He remarked on the project’s significance, highlighting that the coexistence of both Defence and National rehabilitation centres on the same premises was a vision close to his family’s heart. He believes that the profound impact of this initiative will stand as a testament to the legacy his family envisioned.