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New operating model for the commissioning of armed forces’ health care

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has published the single operating model for the commissioning of health care for the armed forces and members of their families who are registered with Defence Medical Services (DMS) GP practices. The Securing Excellence in Commissioning for the Armed Forces and their Families document sets out where commissioning responsibility […]

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View: 17,500 forces veterans and service personnel to benefit from £9m investment in new and improved NHS mental health services

NHS England is set to launch (April 1) a brand new mental health service which has been specially tailored to support and treat ex-armed forces veterans and service personnel who are approaching discharge. The newly commissioned £9m service, known officially as the NHS transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) veterans’ mental health service, will act as […]

NHS England to transform mental health care for military veterans across the country

Hundreds of military veterans are set to benefit from a nationwide scheme to tackle the most complex mental health needs of ex-armed forces personnel, launched today (Sunday 1 April) by NHS England. The Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service has been designed after veterans and their families from across England were invited to tell the […]

Armed forces and families health care

Purposes for processing The Armed forces Covenant is a promise by the Nation that those who serve or have served and their families are treated fairly. The Armed Forces Covenant is a part of the NHS Constitution. In relation to healthcare the Covenant states that the Armed Forces Community should enjoy the same standard of, […]

£75,000 charitable grant to fund national review to assess needs for veterans’ mental health

The NHS is set to benefit from a charitable grant of £75,000 to review the mental health needs of military veterans. The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), has awarded the money to fund a national review of Health Needs Assessments for veterans’ mental health and other health related needs. The review aims to: understand the […]

NHS leaders commit to specialist health support for veterans in every part of NHS

NHS leaders have confirmed today that specialist health support for veterans will be available in every part of the health service, across the country. The commitment will ensure that those who have served in the armed forces have the best possible experience of the NHS and get the best care, regardless of whether they get […]

I salute the new e-learning programme

Health Education England, with support from NHS England, has just launched an e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment.  The programme covers current serving personnel, veterans and their families. Dr Jonathan Leach, an army veteran and GP, explains its importance: The Armed Forces community consists of current members of the […]

NHS England to ask military veterans how to improve mental health services

NHS England is today asking armed forces veterans to share their experience of mental health services and help improve future care across the country. The launch of a national survey will help improve the care available for veterans as they move from military to civilian life. The survey is a chance for veterans to share […]