The National Rehabilitation Centre

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has been chosen as the provider for national rehabilitation services at the proposed new National NHS Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) on the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate near Loughborough. On Thursday 21 September 2023 the Government approved the £105million plans, read the full story on our latest news page.

The NRC is part of Cohort 2 in the government’s New Hospitals Programme and building work is due to be completed by the end of 2024.


Find out more from the National Rehabilitation Centre website:

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The proposed facility would create a regional centre of excellence combining, under one roof, specialist resources for research and development and innovation in rehabilitation treatment, as well as for teaching and education.

Existing rehabilitation services would transfer there from their current base at Linden Lodge on the City Hospital site in 2025. The state-of-the-art, 70-bed NRC would be built alongside the new Defence rehabilitation centre (the ‘Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre’) which is operated by the Ministry of Defence and started treating patients in late 2018.

Proposals to build the facility were approved on a regional level following a public consultation during the summer of 2020 and are now awaiting national approval.

In June 2023, designs for the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) were awarded two industry accolades – winner of the Constructing Excellence Midlands ‘Net Zero Award’ and Highly Commended in the ‘Future Healthcare Design’ category at the European Healthcare Design Awards.


Winning team of four people stood with a glass award on a stage.

The National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) programme team also joined partners University of Nottingham and Loughborough University to share the future of rehab at the Summer Science Exhibition by The Royal Society in London.  The stand showcased the latest in rehabilitation technology with brain games, bionic bandages and robots which we hope to harness in the future for the NRC.





Chief Executive Anthony May trying out a game using his core muscles at the rehabilitation stand at the Royal Society exhibition

This fly-through animation gives a feel for how the building will work, how its environment will support wellbeing, and what it will be like when it opens.







Download the updated DNRC information flyer here

Aerial view of the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate

View this footage to learn how the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate is working now, and to find out more about the potential future developments for NHS patients across the East Midlands and beyond.

The video is narrated by General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, who has directed the DNRC Programme since 2010, and Miriam Duffy, Chief Allied Health Professional at NUH and Director of the programme to create the NRC.


Why do we need an NHS Rehabilitation Centre in the East Midlands?

According to the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, there is currently a shortage of beds for specialist rehabilitation in the East Midlands. The development of a new centre will create additional beds, providing NHS patients with greater access to teams of skilled professionals who can support their rehabilitation with the latest technology and equipment, as well as shorter waiting times for treatment.

Perspectives on the National facility

In this series of short videos, we hear a number of different views on the benefits that an NRC – built alongside the Defence facility now treating patients on the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation estate – would deliver.


Sandy Walsh, Physio & Major Trauma Rehabilitation Case Manager:

Clare Donnellan, Senior Physiotherapist:

Miriam Duffy, NRC Programme Director:

Tracy Taylor, NUH Chief Executive:

Adam Brooks, Trauma Surgeon and Director of the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre

Piera Santullo, Rehabilitation Consultant at NUH:

Daren Forward, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Major Trauma Consultant

Allan Cole, Anaesthetist and Recent Recipient of Complex Trauma Care

Kate Philp: Former Officer in the Royal Artillery and DNRC Ambassador