Veteran Aware NHS trusts

A group of 75 NHS providers have been accredited as exemplars of the best care for veterans, helping to drive improvements in NHS care for people who serve or have served in the UK armed forces and their families.

Veteran Aware trusts are leading the way in improving veterans’ care within the NHS, as part of the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA).

Veteran Aware providers will:

  • provide leaflets and posters to veterans and their families explaining what to expect
  • train relevant staff to be aware of veterans’ needs and the commitments of the NHS under the Armed Forces Covenant
  • inform staff if a veteran or their GP has told the hospital they have served in the armed forces
  • ensure that members of the armed forces community do not face disadvantage compared to other citizens when accessing NHS services
  • signpost to extra services that might be provided to the armed forces community by a charity or service organisation in the trust
  • look into what services are available in their locality, which patients would benefit from being referred to

The 75 NHS trusts that have been accredited as ‘Veteran Aware’ are as follows:

  1. Royal Edinburgh Hospitals, NHS Lothian
  2. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  3. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  4. East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust
  6. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  7. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  8. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  9. Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
  10. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  11. Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  12. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  13. Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  14. United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  15. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  16. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  17. Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
  18. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
  19. Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  20. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  21. South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  22. Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust
  23. Hull University Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  24. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  25. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  26. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  27. Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  28. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  29. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  30. Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  31. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  32. Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  33. South West Yorkshire Partnership
  34. North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  35. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  36. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  37. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  38. Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  39. St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  40. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  41. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  42. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  43. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  44. Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  45. North West Ambulance Service
  46. Tameside and Glossop
  47. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  48. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  49. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  50. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  51. Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  52. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  53. Surrey and Borders
  54. University Southampton
  55. Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  56. North Bristol NHS Trust
  57. Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  58. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  59. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  60. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  61. Weston Area Health NHS Trust
  62. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  63. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  64. West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  65. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  66. Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS foundation Trust
  67. East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  68. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  69. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  70. Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
  71. University Hospital of North Midlands
  72. Wye Valley NHS Trust
  73. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  74. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  75. Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The 75 NHS Trusts can also be viewed in the map below:

The recognition means that patients who have served in the UK armed forces will be cared for by frontline staff who have received training and education on their specific needs and who can also signpost them to other local support services.

How to become a Veteran Aware NHS trust

Our ambition is to accredit all NHS providers in England as Veteran Aware. We continue to guide and equip our next volunteer trusts to help demonstrate that they meet the requirements of our manifestos. This involves providers sharing good practice in linking with local services for veterans and raising staff awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Veteran Aware provider and being awarded the VCHA kitemark, please email rnoh.vcha@nhs.net

The introduction of the Veteran Aware standard for hospitals and the Veteran Friendly GP practices are really excellent initiatives. This is brilliant news for all and shows really effective working relationships between the MOD, the NHS and the charity sector. Great for all who serve and have served their nation.

Nicky Murdoch, Chair of the Armed Forces Public Patient Participation Involvement Group

If your trust is accredited as Veteran Aware, the following tools are available for download: