NHS England has published the findings from a national engagement on veterans’ mental health services that took place earlier this year. The report sets out key findings following views received from over 1,270 veterans, families, services charities, commissioners and providers.
NHS England is reviewing the findings of the engagement together with the findings of three pilots it recently funded to test enhanced models of care for mental health services for veterans. These pilots ran from November 2015 to 31 March 2016 and were provided by North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, which developed a joint substance misuse and mental health service model for veterans, as well as an outpatient service for veterans with moderate to severe PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder); and the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which developed a model to address the barriers that some veterans experience in accessing mental health services.
NHS England will formally respond to the findings of the engagement and the pilots and will produce a clear plan in order to commission future veterans’ mental health services that have an evidence base and are aligned to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. NHS England is fully committed to delivering service improvements for veterans’ mental health and will work collaboratively with partner organisations to help ensure the right pathways of support are in place for mental health services for veterans and their families.
If you require any further information about this process please contact NHS England.