Armed Forces support organisations

Use our map to find NHS Armed Forces contacts in your area and organisations which can help build your support network.

1 March 2020

Networking with other organisations which support the Armed Forces can help you build support for the military community in your workplace and raise your profile as a forces-friendly employer.


Below you can see our map of NHS organisations across the UK and learn more about their Armed Forces status. You can also find details of national organisations and charities which can provide support for your Armed Forces commitment. 

NHS Armed Forces footprint map

  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)

    The MOD is the ministerial department responsible for the Armed Forces.

    Defence Relationship Management (DRM)

    DRM acts as an intermediary between employers and the MOD. They advise and support employers on matters related to the hiring of members of the Armed Forces community and help organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the MOD. Contact your Regional Employer Engagement Director with any queries relating to the Armed Forces.

    Defence Medical Services (DMS)

    DMS is the collective title for the three medical services within the Armed Forces (the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force). Serviced by regulars and reservists, the DMS provide healthcare to the Armed Forces.

    Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

    The CTP is the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement. They have a partnering agreement with the Ministry of Defence and Right Management and offer extensive support to service leavers, including resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities. The CTP support service leaves throughout their working lives.

  • Health Education England (HEE)

    Health Education England works with the MOD, NHS England, NHS Employers and the Department of Health to support the aims and objectives of the FR20 white paper.

    NHS England

    NHS England leads and manages nine regional Armed Forces networks, which closely aligned to the military regional structures. The networks meet regularly to streamline work between local and regional NHS organisations, the MOD, local authorities and service charities.

    NHS Health Careers

    The NHS Health Careers website provides information on career paths available within the health sector. Take their careers quiz to see how your skills and experiences align with jobs within the health sector.

    College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services (CMVES)

    CMVES helps service leavers with the transition to civilian life.

    Veteran’s Covenant Hospital Alliance (VCHA)

    The VCHA recognises hospitals which provide an exemplary service to patients who serve, or who have served, in the Armed Forces.

  • Walking with the Wounded (WWTW)

    WWTW helps vulnerable veterans achieve independence through employment. They assist veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service.

    Officers Association (OA)

    The OA is committed to ensuring that former officers and their dependants live with dignity and independence.

    The Royal British Legion

    The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support to the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, veterans and their families.

    Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA)

    SSAFA provides lifelong support to serving men and women, veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families and dependants.

    Veterans Gateway

    Veterans Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support. They put veterans and members of their families in touch with the organisations best placed to offer them the information, advice and support required. They cover range of matters, such as housing, employment and finances.

    Combat Stress

    Combat Stress is the leading veteran mental health charity in the UK and provides ex-service personnel with treatment for Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, anxiety and depression.

    RFEA - Regular Forces Employment Association

    The RFEA offers lifelong support and employment and training opportunities to service leavers and veterans irrespective of circumstance, rank, length of service or reason for leaving the Armed Forces. They work in partnership with employers who respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of serving personnel.

    Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

    DMWS is an independent charity providing support to members of the Armed Forces community who are receiving medical treatment.

    The Royal Foundation

    Established by the Royal Family, the Royal Foundation offers individuals and organisations support to help them to overcome some of the challenges faced by society. The Royal Foundation endorses our Step into Health programme.

    Recruit for Spouses

    Recruit for Spouses helps military spouses to find jobs or start businesses. They ensure military spouses can build successful careers without being disadvantaged by their military status.

  • The Royal Navy, the Army and the RAF each has its own Families Federations, which supports family members of serving personnel, service leavers and veterans.