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Appointment of new CEO, Paul Gaffney, Defence Medical Welfare Service

DMWS is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Gaffney as the new CEO of the Defence Medical Welfare Service, replacing Nicky Murdoch MBE who will be stepping down after six remarkably successful years as CEO.

Paul, who has been with DMWS for the past two and a half years, has taken over as CEO as of 1st of December 2017. He brings commitment, dedication, commercial and business skills to the organisation at a time of change and growth. He will be driving the company to the next level, building on the excellent growth and momentum achieved under Nicky’s leadership.

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DMWS Training Manager wins MHFA Award

On Wednesday (November 15, 2017) DMWS Training Manager, Mark Perryman, received the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Award as ‘Most Supportive MHFA Friend’. We congratulate Mark on this well-deserved achievement. Over the past four years, Mark has passionately delivered 50 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses and single-handedly trained over 700 people; which in turn will help thousands of others. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the event to collect his award, as he was delivering an MHFA course – which highlights his commitment to MHFA. Danielle Cowap, DMWS Training Manager collected the award on his behalf.

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New Referral Partner for Veterans’ Gateway

DMWS is extremely proud to be Veterans’ Gateway newest referral partner and to be able to do what we do best; to help those who serve and their family during their most critical time of need.

Veterans’ Gateway put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. This new first point of contact, which was launched in June, is the first of its kind, bringing together Military charities and other support organisations under one roof to make finding the right support easier and quicker.

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Memorandum of Understanding to serve military community

Today (29 November 2017), the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) and Veterans First Point (V1P) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the aim to improve collaboration between the two organisations and to better serve the Military community in Scotland.

DMWS and V1P’s cause complements each other; both organisations focus on improving the health and well-being of veterans and their families.

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Treasury awards ABF The Soldiers’ Charity £1.2 million to provide bespoke medical welfare service in partnership with DMWS

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is delighted to announce that its bid for £1.2m funding from the LIBOR fund has been approved by the Chancellor.

The grant will enable a bespoke medical welfare service for the Armed Forces community in hospitals or healthcare across South England, which will be delivered by our partner the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS). The 3-year project will provide vital support for Armed Forces serving personnel, veterans and their families, who can face unique pressures when ill – often being based away from their extended families or with partners deployed on operations.

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Free Dementia Training for Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire Veteran Community

As part of DMWS’s Aged Veteran Health and Wellbeing Project in Herefordshire and Nottinghamshire, we offer free dementia training courses, which are delivered by our project partner Alzheimer’s Society. The training is available for Nottinghamshire and Herefordshire residents who work with Armed Forces veterans, and families of Veterans aged 65 years or over. Once trained, the delegate will be able to utilise their new skills and knowledge to support people with dementia.

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DMWS – Welcome to our new website!

DMWS is constantly evolving to meet new needs and requirements. Our reach now extends to new beneficiaries in the Veteran’s community, the Police, the Probation Service and the NHS. The move to support the wider emergency services is part of our planned diversification to continue our mission to support those who put themselves in harm’s way for the Nation.

We are proud to announce the release of our newly redesigned website that reflects all of our new projects.

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Caring for those who serve – DMWS Needs your vote

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) provides high-quality medical welfare service to those who serve the nation and the community when they are in the patient care pathway. We offer practical and emotional support to ensure that no family goes through the worry of illness or injury alone.

We’re there whenever an injured soldier or police officer is fighting to get back on their feet, or a veteran needs a shoulder to lean on. When a family needs support to stay strong we are on hand to provide a listening ear and practical help.

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Scottish Veterans benefit from additional Welfare Support provided by DMWS

DMWS Scotland is delighted to have teams embedded within NHS Trusts in Ayrshire, Fife, Grampian and Lanarkshire to ensure that older veterans and their families have access to the very best of welfare support, when faced with hospitalisation or when receiving medical treatment.

Together with 13 other organisations, DMWS plays a key role in the “Unforgotten Forces” consortium, led by Poppyscotland, to improve the lives of those who have served the country. This three-year project has been funded by the Aged Veterans Fund to deliver a range of new services and enhancements in areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite, along with entertainment and therapeutic programmes for those living in care homes.

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Mental Health First Aid is for everyone

You would probably know what to do if your colleague became physically ill. But would you know what to do if someone suffered from poor mental health?

Approximately 10 million work days are lost in the UK due to poor mental health, costing the UK economy around £100 billion each year. This problem is not restricted to the workplace as on average 3 children in every classroom have a mental health issue.

We at DMWS Training therefore believe that every workplace, including schools, should have a Mental Health First Aider as well as a physical First Aider.

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