National Rehabilitation Centre

Academic experts from across the UK are spearheading efforts to develop world-class rehabilitation research, innovation, education and training at the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC).

Led by Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham*, the national centre of excellence in patient care has been developed to enable acute services and major trauma centres to deliver better patient outcomes and cost-efficient service.

The NRC will form part of the overall Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) programme. This will enable collaboration with Defence medicine and the sharing of expertise (and some facilities), making innovation and the adoption of new approaches quicker and more successful.

By developing new ways of treating patients and aiding recovery, the NRC aims to lead to a step change in rehabilitation and far improved outcomes for patients.

Through innovation and enterprise, the NRC offers a real opportunity to drive new rehabilitation products and technologies on an international basis, making it an exciting space where R&D in the rehabilitation field can take effect very quickly.

In educational terms, the NRC will have a strong learning environment and culture, acting as a centre of teaching excellence allowing rehabilitation practitioners to refine skills or upskill. This will establish the reputation of rehabilitation as an NHS discipline.

Transforming education and training within rehabilitation

The potential for innovation is substantial with the partnership ambitious to push forward real improvements to clinical care, covering 3D printing of prostheses through to wearable technologies and medical devices to enable the development of cutting-edge treatments and assistive technologies, ultimately aiming to tackle future healthcare challenges.

Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences said: “We are excited to be co-leading this consortium – the world-leading research and education expertise we have will be used to transform education and training within rehabilitation and provide patient health benefits through advanced rehabilitation pathways and techniques.”

The National Rehabilitation Centre is expected to open in 2024.


*The research and development, health and education strands of the NRC will be led by the NRC Clinical & Academic Partnership (‘NCAP’), compromising a network of 24 other education and research establishments from across the UK, and jointly led by Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.

Photo credit: Image courtesy of National Rehabilitation Centre Programme / BS Stanford Ltd