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National Rehabilitation Centre now ‘fully funded’ and preparing for October 2024 opening

A new national rehabilitation centre for people who have suffered serious injuries is now fully funded after overcoming a previous £9m shortfall.

The national unit, which will be based on the same site as the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre, at Stanford on Soar, Rushcliffe is due to open in October 2024.

It will provide treatment for people with major trauma as well as people with neurological conditions.

However, it will see the closure of Linden Lodge, a 25-bed unit currently based at Nottingham City Hospital.

It will mean Nottingham patients and families may have to travel 16 miles to access the new facility. Transport plans are being explored.

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The project was included in the Government’s New Hospital Programme in December 2020, helping to secure millions of pounds in funding.

It is one of two projects being co-ordinated by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH).

However, it has been hit with extra costs after a Government target for net-zero carbon increased its costs by more than £4m.

An initial £70m was allocated to the scheme with a further £11m to come, leaving a £9m gap in funding.

But NUH is set to announce at Nottingham City Council’s health and adult social care scrutiny committee on Thursday, November 11, the project is now “fully funded”.

The report prepared for councillors states: “The outline business case for the National Rehabilitation Centre is now ready for review by the Joint Investment Committee and then HM Treasury later this year.

“The national funding allocation for the programme is £81m, and the residual capital gap of £9m has now been underwritten by the local Integrated Care System, although philanthropic efforts to provide additional capital continue.

“The National Rehabilitation Centre is therefore now a fully funded scheme.

“Work continues on the clinical model and workforce preparation with the first four adverts going live this month for advanced care practitioners to work at the National Rehabilitation Centre.

“These roles take three years to train and will start in January.

“The most significant risk for the programme is now the timeline, as the period for the development of the final business case has now been condensed to six months.

“However, the necessary clinical and academic work needed to provide content for the final business case is already under way.

“Given the significance of the clinical and academic partnership to the National Rehabilitation Centre programme, it is particularly important that the timeline of opening to patients in October 2024 is adhered to so that there is alignment with the universities’ academic year.

“Modern methods of construction have been factored into the build, and this should help to shorten the construction period to 18 months.”

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