NHS care for the Armed Forces community
The recent Covid-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the NHS and the ‘NHS Heroes’ within it. As part of Health Month we explore how the NHS provides care for and supports Serving personnel, Reservists and veterans.
The NHS is responsible for providing all hospital and most community services for Serving personnel (except for mental health, general practice and rehabilitation services). The NHS also provides nearly all community, general practice and hospital services for the families of Serving personnel, Reservists and veterans. Included as part of this are the following dedicated services and initiatives to support the Armed Forces community;
- The Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS)
- The Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service(CTS)
- Veterans Trauma Network (VTN)
- Veterans Prosthetics Panel (VPP)
- Armed Forces personnel in transition: Integrated Personal Commissioning for Veterans Framework (IPC4V)
- Personalised care for veterans with a long term physical, mental or neurological health condition or disability
- Veteran friendly GP practice accreditation
- The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
See the NHS care for the Armed Forces Community leaflet for more information or read the summary of the NHS care for the Armed Forces community.
For those wanting to learn more about the NHS in England, take a free online course; The NHS Explained: How the Health System in England Really Works. Topics covered include, the structure of the NHS in England, how different services work together and how funding flows through the system.
Further information on health and wellbeing
This story comes to you as part of the RAF FF’s themed month of May for all things relating to health and wellbeing. The website also provides a good reference section on all things health-related. You can also sign up to our (free) weekly eBulletin and/or quarterly Envoy magazine to keep yourself up to date with information on new initiatives as they go live.