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Clinical and healthcare – potential employment within the Defence establishment (the ‘D’)
The MoD’s aim is to deliver excellence in rehabilitation to injured Service personnel – and this aim will be strengthened by operating from purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities at Stanford Hall.
The new Defence establishment in the DNRC will build on the world-leading, group therapy rehabilitation model of its predecessor, Headley Court. It will directly benefit from the experience, skills and processes devised over 70 years of operation.
Stanford Hall will deliver out-patient services and residential rehabilitation to military personnel with a wide range of musculoskeletal, complex trauma injuries and neurological conditions. Just as at Headley Court, the DNRC will combine a mix of military and civilian clinical staff – and it will provide many opportunities for civilian clinical personnel in what will be a unique and inspiring place to work.
At Stanford Hall, the target is clear: to provide the highest quality rehabilitation for all patients, maximizing each individual’s capability and working towards the best possible quality of life following injury, whether this means returning to military service or transitioning to civilian life.
To do this there will be both a comprehensive military residential programme as well as an outpatient service. The rehabilitation teams are all multidisciplinary and work with the patient (and their family in some cases) to achieve each individual’s full potential.
At the DNRC there will be residential rehabilitation for patients in the following groups:
Force generation – lower-limbs, spines and specialist
The force generation rehabilitation teams will treat patients suffering from chronic and complex musculoskeletal disabilities including: spines; lower limb; upper limb and specialist conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Each patient group will undertake a varied daily programme of up to 5 hours exercise-based activity which involves class therapy, hydrotherapy, postural re-education, walking/ running gait analysis and re-education, recreational therapy and individually tailored treatment programmes.
Exercise therapy regimes will be designed, implemented and supervised by the Service Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors (ERIs). ERIs are qualified physical training instructors from all three branches of the Armed Forces who have completed further training at the Joint Services School of Remedial Instructors (JSSRI) which will also be co-located at the DNRC.
The neurological rehabilitation team (NRT) will provide comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation, and management of neurological illness and injury for a range of conditions including brain injury, strokes and neurological conditions. The neurological ward will provide 20 in-patient beds for patients with a variety of neurological conditions.
The patients will undergo an intensive programme of rehabilitation including vocational assessment, delivered by a specialised and experienced multi-disciplinary team. The minor traumatic brain injury team will be embedded in the NRT to provide treatment and advice to patients suffering persistent symptoms following concussion. The structured programme of therapy addresses: physical; cognitive; communication; psychosocial; vocational and daily life issues.
Patients admitted to the complex trauma group will have a variety of multiple and complex injuries, including amputation, spinal injury and other conditions which require a more individualized programme of rehabilitation.
Each patient will receive a rehabilitation package tailored to their specific needs and requirements. On admission, assessments will be carried out by the specialised multidisciplinary team.
The DNRC will also have a dedicated prosthetic service. Prosthetists will work with the military technicians in the Remedial Squadron Workshops to produce the prosthetic limbs for amputees. They will supply and modify them in the shortest time possible. Ongoing fine tuning and adjustments to achieve the best fit can take longer and can be carried out on both an in-patient and outpatient basis.
The research department will be based in the high-technology gait analysis laboratory and is able to compile data and conduct research programmes looking at what causes injuries and how best to manage them. It collaborates with a number of renowned UK universities on numerous research projects and is currently leading on the ADVANCE Study. The ADVANCE Study is a 20-year prospective study looking at a number of health and social outcomes in a cohort of 600 seriously injured battle casualties.
Support services incorporate a number of areas providing essential services to enable the routine running of the Unit. The Business Division manages routine business processes including oversight of training. The Administrative Division has responsibility for managing the administration of personnel and finance, as well as supporting multiple administrative tasks within clinical areas. The Supply Division has responsibility for management of infrastructure, contracted support services, supply and procurement, as well as oversight of transport services. The Health and Safety section has responsibility for ensuring the Unit adheres to current Health and Safety legislation.
If you are interested in working in the Defence establishment at the DNRC please continue to read and register your interest.
There will be excellent opportunities for people in the following areas:
Consultants in Rehabilitation Medicine; Consultants in Sports & Exercise Medicine; Consultants in Neurological Rehabilitation responsible for the delivery and coordination of in-patient group and individual rehabilitation programmes, conducting multidisciplinary injury assessment clinics with the opportunity of involvement in research.
Physiotherapists – Ranging from Band 6 to 7/8 working as part of the Consultant led Multi-Disciplinary Teams specialising in Complex Trauma, Neurology and Complex Musculoskeletal Conditions.
Occupational Therapists – Reflecting the Physiotherapy opportunities above, including the speciality areas of Vocational, Recreational and Psychosocial therapies.
Psychologists – Senior Clinical Psychologists working across the spectrum of clinical conditions including, Neurology, Pain Management and Complex Musculoskeletal conditions.
Podiatrists – Band 7 opportunities both full and part time, working as part of the Lower Limbs Team responsible for the assessment and treatment of Podiatry referrals from across speciality groups. Referrals also include those from the Defence Regional Podiatry Service (RPS) via the Regional Rehabilitation Units.
Speech & Language Therapists – Band 6 and 7 Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) are integral members of the Neurological Rehabilitation Team assessing and treating patients admitted with a range of communication impairment, and severity following brain injury.
Registered Nurses (Adult) – Registered Nurses (Adult) Band 5 -7 and Healthcare Assistants Band 2-3 (full time posts, part time posts or potentially job shares) with experience or a desire to work in the rehabilitation arena and delivering 24 hour nursing care to patients.
Social Workers – Specialist Senior Hospital Social Workers work as integral members of all rehabilitation clinical teams and are responsible for providing bespoke social work intervention in support of military patients and their families.
Exercise Therapists – BASRAT qualified or ex-Military Equivalent Exercise Therapists (ET) work as Band 5s delivering both Group and Individual Exercise Therapy across the full spectrum of clinical conditions.
Clinical Administrative Support Staff – E1 and E2 Administrators responsible for administering the patient’s referral pathway relevant to both residential and out patient admissions across the full spectrum of clinical conditions.
Various roles within support services – general administrators covering appraisals, finance and accounts, patient records, purchasing and training. There will also be opportunities for drivers, store hands and general labourers.
Dietician – The senior dietician is responsible for dietetic support to all patients across the multi-disciplinary teams.
Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) – RMNs work across the clinical teams and, with a consultant psychiatrist, provide on-going mental health treatment and support to patients admitted to the unit for physical rehabilitation.
Construction and construction/building services – potential employment and commercial opportunities
The main contract for building the Defence establishment has been awarded to Interserve Construction Ltd (ICL).
This is a design & build contract and ICL is therefore responsible for coordinating its supply chain, working to the specification agreed with BS Stanford as client.
If you are interested in supporting the construction of the Defence establishment or submitting proposals, you should contact ICL.
Charity and fundraising – raising the capital cost for building the Defence establishment
We have a small in-house team leading our work on fundraising. There are currently no vacancies. If that situation changes, further information will be made available here.