On 9 November, 25 trusts were recognised as being Veteran Aware by the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance (VCHA).
Situated in all areas of the country, these 25 trusts have been commended on the services they offer, including training staff to be aware of the specific needs that veterans and current servicemen and women have, both as patients and as members of staff.
The accredited hospitals are as follows:
- Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Sussex Armed Forces Network
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
- Doncaster and Bassetlaw Foundation Trust
- East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
- Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
- Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust
- North Bristol NHS Trust
- North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
- Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust
- North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
- Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
- Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Edinburgh Hospitals, NHS Lothian
- Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
- Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
- South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
The announcement was made ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and highlights the commitment made to ensure that those who have served in the Armed Forces have access to the best possible NHS care in all areas.
In the accredited trusts, patients will see posters and information on display in clinics and waiting areas to encourage both current members of the Armed Forces and veterans to notify staff members of their service. Staff in the 25 trusts have received training and education, not only in the complex mental health needs of Armed Forces personnel but also in the likes of financial and housing support, ensuring that the Armed Forces community does not sit at a disadvantage in comparison to other patients.
Veteran Aware hospitals also advocate the employment of veterans and the wider Armed Forces community as part of the Step into Health programme, of which 14 of the 25 have pledged to support.
For further information about the Veterans Covenant Hospitals Alliance, and for information about how other NHS trusts can apply for their accreditation to be Veteran Aware, please visit NHS Improvement’s website.
For more information on how to support the Armed Forces community or pledge to Step into Health, visit our NHS Armed Forces web section.