Are you aware of dedicated NHS services for Veterans, such as the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service and the Veterans’ Trauma Network? As per the Armed Forces Covenant, all veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for conditions associated to their time within the armed forces (service related).
When a patient registers with our practice, we ask if they have served in the Armed Forces as it is important to us to know whether a patient is a veteran in order to determine if any health issues they have are attributable to their time in service and provide the necessary help. Although most veterans are happy to disclose that they have served, a few may prefer to keep this private or may be concerned about disclosing information about their time in the Armed Forces due to confidentiality agreements that they have signed.
Therefore we wanted to let you know that there are sometimes additional or different referral pathways available which may be more suitable for ex-forces, such as the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS).
For more information, please visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/military-healthcare/priority-nhs-treatment-for-veterans
For those injured during their time in service, there is also the Veterans Trauma Network, which is aligned with the TILS and CTS. For further information, visit the NHS website.
Veterans may also benefit from using the Veterans Gateway, www.veteransgateway.org.uk which provides information, advice and support on a range of areas (telephone: 0808 802 1212) and Togetherall, togetherall.com which is a free online mental health resource.