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.
Listening to the views of veterans and their families
Building on the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (VMH TILS), providers of the VMH CTS will be responsible for delivering a new service that has been informed by the views of veterans and their families, as well as the outcomes of a detailed review undertaken last year into veterans’ mental health. Key findings showed that:
- an increased number of veterans who have a wider range of needs would benefit from a community based service
- people want a local service that offers a broad range of services that are intensive, proactive and responsive and provides prompt care and treatment that are sensitive to the culture of the armed forces
- it is important to provide integrated support with managing alcohol and substance misuse, anger issues and repeat offending
- families and spouses want to be more involved in the care and treatment of their loved ones and would like advice and information on receiving help and support for themselves.