Armed Forces Veteran support
Dedicated Health Services for the Armed Force community
Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, is the new overarching name for the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS), Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (CTS) and Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS). The new name has been developed following feedback from veterans and their families to make it easier for those leaving the military and veterans to find help. Op COURAGE is for Service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families, who can contact the service direct, or ask a GP, charity or someone else, such as a family member or friend, to refer them.
For further information, including contact details for the service in your region,
Veterans Trauma Network (VTN)
The VTN is for veterans who have physical health problems which have been caused from their time in the Armed Forces. Located in a number of major trauma centres across England, the VTN works closely with DMS, Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service , as
well as military charities, to provide specialist care and treatment. Access is via GP referral only.
Personalised care for veterans
Veterans who have a complex and life-long health condition may be eligible for the veterans personalised care programme, which seeks to give individuals more choice and control over how their care is planned and delivered. Veterans will have a personalised care plan based on what matters to them and which they help to develop. They may also be eligible for a personal budget to pay for some of the care and support
they need. Access to this programme of care, means that veterans should also get more support in the community and access to a range of help, such as emotional and practical support from people who have similar health conditions or disabilities. This is in addition to being supported to access dedicated services, such as Op COURAGE and the VTN. Applications should be made to the person’s local integrated care system.
For more information, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/personalisedcare/upc/ipcfor-veterans/personalised-care-for-veterans/
We are proud to be an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP Practice
As part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated GP who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. If you are ex-forces, please let our GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.