Military Veterans – Priority NHS Care
The UK Government has pledged to support Military Veterans with priority NHS care.
Who is defined as a veteran? ‘A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day in the regular or reservist forces’. There are around 4.5m veterans in the UK.
When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.
All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition as long as it's related to their service, regardless of whether or not they receive a war pension.
All people leaving the armed forces are given a summary of their medical records, which they are advised to give to their new GP when they register.
Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment.
Health related issues for veterans can manifest in a number of ways:
- Anxiety & hypervigilance
- Alcohol or drug misuse
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Anger management and behavioural control problems which may lead to contact with the criminal justice system
- Difficulties making the transition to civilian life
- Family and marital breakdown including domestic violence
- Bereavement and loss issues
- Resurrection of pre service issues especially around trauma in childhood
- Co morbid physical health issues, including adaptation following physical trauma
Further information, Questions and Answers and help groups can be found via NHS Choices.
Other useful links:
Everton in the Community
- Coffee Morning
- Imagine Your Goals Referral Form (for use by Merseycare staff only)
- Inside Right Coaching Programme
- Inside Right Football Training Sessions
- Journal Report
How LCH are Supporting this Initiative
- Awareness raising for staff through divisional meetings
- Access to information through an intranet page
- A named organisational lead – Paul White – firstname.lastname@example.org
- A named reservist lead – Suzy Woods - email@example.com
- A question on Emis assessment templates as a prompt for staff
- Working with commissioners to raise the profile of this initiative
- LCH have signed up to the covenant
- Member of the Making it happen group which feeds into the Health and Well- being group
- Member of veterans in custody group
- Established collaborative working with the Veterans Centre