Trust is awarded Veteran Aware status

Date: 08/04/2022 | Category: News 2022

The Trust is pleased to announce that it is ‘Veteran Aware’ having received formal recognition, on 6 April 2022, from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA). VCHA is a group of NHS healthcare providers in England committed to providing the best standards of care for the armed forces community, based on the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant – which recently passed into law – is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve, or who have served, in the Armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The aim is to develop, share and drive the implementation of best practice that will improve armed forces veterans’ care, while at the same time raising standards for everyone across the NHS.

Edward Macfarlane, divisional director and Trust lead for the Armed Forces covenant work: “I am delighted we have received our accreditation in recognition of our ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and of our work to deliver the best standards of care for the Armed Forces community.”

The Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) is committed to improving Armed Forces and Veteran care whilst raising standards for all. 105 NHS providers in England are now Veteran Aware accredited, two have been re-accredited, and the VCHA aims to have all Trusts in England accredited by March 2023 at the latest. Find out more about its work and about rehabilitation.