A drastic increase in UK military deployment to war zones, such as Afghanistan and Iraq occurred in the early part of 21st century.
This prompted The Royal British Legion (TRBL) to commission the university to design, deliver and evaluate recovery courses to support military personnel who became wounded, injured or sick with mental or physical illnesses. This included a £27 million donation to the Defence Recovery Capability and a 10-year commitment from TRBL to run The Battle Back Centre where the 5-day residential courses are delivered.
Some military personnel may make a full recovery and return to duty, but many are medically discharged. Whatever the outcome, the uncertainty accompanying injury or diagnosis of a career-impacting illness can be challenging for many individuals.