Defence Committee: Armed Forces and Veterans Mental Health Inquiry. Part Two. The Provision of Care
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Northumbria
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AbstractExecutive Summary * Effective Military Mental Health care requires practitioners with extensive knowledge of service provision and structures, and who have the correct clinical competencies that are underpinned by academic qualification/s and experience. * Veterans are a heterogeneous group, differing by factors such as age, gender and length of service. These factors are extremely important during transition, and initiatives to support ex-Service personnel and their families are hindered through a lack of understanding of the veteran community. * NHS Mental Health care provision is extensive and comprehensive, although is areas such as Northern Ireland, it is Combat Stress that provide bespoke veteran care options, funded through charitable contributions. * Many veterans are unaware of their entitlement to priority medical services, or the wider provisions available to them. * Veterans are unwilling to disclose problems associated with their former military life, often believing that civilians, including healthcare professionals, do not appreciate military culture and “cannot understand” their experiences. * Receiving quick, appropriate support requires GPs and other healthcare professionals having sufficient awareness of the NHS and veteran specific services, and on the patients MH condition being correctly identified. * Stressors identified during the transition period are just as likely to negatively impact on the spouse and family. * There is an assumption that the small local veteran charities may be doing harm, although there is limited evidence to substantiate this view, and there is a requirement to understand why some veterans prefer this option
CitationFinnegan, A. (2018). Defence Committee: Armed Forces and Veterans Mental Health Inquiry. Part One. London, United Kingdom: Crown.
DescriptionWritten evidence to Defence select committee
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