The NHS provides dedicated mental health services for those who have served in the British Armed ForcesRead more
A new dedicated crisis service will provide intensive support to scores of the most vulnerable former soldiers, sailors and air men and women battling alcohol, drugs and mental health problems, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announcedRead more
Mental illness is common and can affect anyone, including serving and ex-members of the armed forces and their families. While some people cope by getting support from their family and friends, or by getting help with other issues in their lives, others need clinical care and treatment, which could be from the NHS, support groups or charities.
Although it’s completely normal to experience anxiety or depression after traumatic events, this can be tough to deal with. Furthermore, the culture of the armed forces can make seeking help for a mental health problem appear difficult.Read more
Information days will provide the opportunity to find out more about the different NHS organisations as well as the work experience opportunities, job vacancies and training which may be of interest. It will also enable networking with NHS employers, partner organisations, employees and fellow service leavers.Read more
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) 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 NHS how services would work best for them.
Backed by £3.2m of funding a year, the new service aims to help 450 veterans every year and will include help for substance misuse, physical health, employment, accommodation, relationships and finances, as well as occupational and trauma focused therapies.Read more
NHS England has appointed St Andrew’s Healthcare as the provider for the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service in the East of England and the East Midlands, and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust as the provider of this service in the West Midlands.Read more
Step into Health is an initiative which seeks to connect employers in the NHS to people from the Armed Forces community. There is a large population of working age veterans in the UK and this programme is designed to support employers in recruiting from this community and to promote the NHS as an employer of choice. The Armed Forces community includes those at various stages of their career, veterans who may have served for any length of time and their spouses and dependants looking to establish themselves within the sector.
Employers are being asked to make a series of pledges to enable individuals and supporting organisations to discover and take up opportunities for employment and training including apprenticeships.Read more
As plans progress to launch the new Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS) across England on 1 April 2018, NHS England has appointed the following providers:
-Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the South West of England)
-Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (covering South East of England and London)
-Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (covering the North of England).
The provider(s) for the Midlands and East of England will be announced over the next few weeks.
NHS England will shortly announce the providers of the forthcoming veterans’ mental health complex treatment service (VMH CTS) that will launch on 1 April 2018.
In preparation for this announcement, we would like to remind colleagues of the purpose of the VMH CTS, which is to provide an enhanced service for veterans who have military attributable complex mental health problems, many of whom will have experienced trauma, which have not been resolved earlier in the care/support pathway.