NHS England are asking people to share their views and experience of mental health services for veterans to help improve future care across England.
The launch of a national survey is a chance for veterans to share their experience and views of existing mental health services and for NHS England to understand the reasons why some people have not sought or received support and treatment. In addition to seeking views from veterans, the NHS would like to hear from their family members and carers, as well as staff and organisations that are providing treatment and support in this area.
The NHS currently provides 12 mental health services across England specifically for veterans. They enable specialist staff to care for ex-forces personnel with mental health needs, direct them to the most appropriate service and give them effective treatment. Most of the contracts for these services will end in September 2016. So this provides an opportunity to ask people about they think of them to help ensure future veterans’ mental health services best meet the needs of ex-Service personnel, regardless of when they leave the armed forces.
To access the survey and supporting information, please visit www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/veterans-mental-health-services. The deadline for responses is 5pm on 31 March 2016.