The BAE Systems Performance Maximization Centre will focus on gait analysis, or the study of human motion, and provide the latest technology and modern facilities to give injured service personnel the best available rehabilitation support so they can regain the greatest possible level of mobility.
It is planned that the facility will include an optical motion capture system to generate 3D reconstructions of a patient’s movement, allowing prosthetic limbs, mobility aids and other physiotherapy to be tailored for individual needs. The Centre will also be the focus for research activity in what is now a very fast moving field of medicine and a laboratory and consulting rooms are therefore part of the specification.
Sir Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Systems, said:
“BAE Systems takes great pride in serving, supplying and protecting those that serve and protect us across the world. The new DNRC, including the BAE Systems Performance Maximisation Centre, will build on the world-leading rehabilitation work currently being undertaken at Headley Court and will ensure that members of the UK armed forces who have made significant personal sacrifices in the service of our nation will receive the best possible medical care and rehabilitation support.”
The DNRC is due to be operational in 2018, replacing the UK’s existing armed forces facility at Headley Court, Surrey. The construction of the Defence facility at the DNRC is being funded by the Black Stork Charity’s national fundraising campaign, which has already raised more than £200 million of its £300 million target. BAE System’s £5 million funding commitment over five years is the Company’s largest ever donation to a single charity. The ongoing operating costs of the Centre will be met by the UK Government.
General Sir Tim Granville-Chapman, DNRC Programme Director, said:
“BAE Systems’ exceptional donation of £5 million has set the standard and paves the way for substantial financial support from UK companies. As a lasting reminder of the Company’s foresight and generosity, it is excellent and entirely fitting that the Performance Maximization Centre in the new establishment, where the most state of the art facilities will be housed and research and development will happen, will carry the Company’s name. The Company should take great pride in its achievement here – I am sure it will.”
In addition to its donation, BAE Systems will continue its support by promoting public fundraising initiatives for the Black Stork Charity at its sites across the UK.
Through its Community Investment programme, BAE Systems contributed more than £11 million during 2014 to UK and international charities and not-for-profit organisations. The Community Investment programme’s objectives are to support organisations engaged in educational activities, those working with members of the armed forces and working in the local communities in which the Company operates. In addition to direct donations, the Company also encourages employees to share their time and expertise as volunteers and by supporting employee fundraising.
Notes to editors:
- The DNRC will be constructed at the Stanford Hall Estate, four miles north east of Loughborough, in Nottinghamshire. Scheduled to open in 2018, it will provide a 21st century version of the Headley Court clinical rehabilitation unit and will treat injured members of all branches of the UK’s armed services. The DNRC, a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1141934.
- The DNRC will provide sophisticated trauma rehabilitation, neurological care and a ‘back to life’ capability. For some patients the fitting of prosthetic limbs will be a significant part of that transition and the most advanced prosthetics are fitted to Service personnel, given that many are young and will remain active for many years to come.
- The Black Stork Charity was established to facilitate the design, management and construction of the DNRC. Its national public fundraising campaign to raise the remaining £92 million of its £300 million target was launched on 1 October 2015 and further details can be found at www.thednrc.org.uk.
- Earlier this year BAE Systems re-signed the UK Government’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant to support serving personnel, veterans and military families. In signing the Covenant BAE Systems pledges to ensure no member of the Armed Forces Community faces disadvantage; to recognise that special treatment for the injured or bereaved may be required; and to seek to employ veterans and Service spouses and partners.