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Veterans of Armed Forces

As a Trust we are committed to supporting veterans and the Armed Forces community and align our values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Support for veterans

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (GHC) has affirmed its support to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

The Corporate Covenant commits the Trust to upholding the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:

  • no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen; and
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

It also means the Trust will demonstrate its support by:

 

  • promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation
  • seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old
  • striving to support the employment of service spouses and partners
  • endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment
  • seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible
  • offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible
  • aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day
  • ensuring quick and easy access to healthcare services, and in some cases ‘fast tracking’ treatment where symptoms are as a result of military service or related experience.

Enhancing Awareness

Having served in the military for a number of years, veterans Ashley and Lee found the transition to civilian life extremely difficult. To help raise awareness of the mental health issues faced by serving and ex-military personnel, they bravely share their experiences in this short film, and talk of how they overcame their own personal difficulties.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Our Trust has been awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel and the armed forces community.

The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

This means we are open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and military spouses/partners.

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Healthcare for the armed forces community

How the NHS can help if you’re in the British armed forces, a veteran or a family member of someone who is serving or who has served.

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Useful information

Reservists
  • Becoming a reservist is a great way to progress in your career in health and obtain new skills.
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  • 243 (The Wessex) Field Hospital is part of the Army Reserve Medical Services. It is looking for healthcare professionals from all clinical specialities and grades (HCAs and consultants) from across the South West and Hampshire.
    Find out more>>
National support
National organisations which provide support for veterans:

 

Local support
Local organisations which provide support for veterans:

 

  • Royal British Legion
    In Gloucestershire, the RBL runs free ‘pop-ins’ for help and advice in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Lydney, Stroud and Tewkesbury.
  • Let’s Talk
    Support with stress, anxiety and depression, provided by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Age UK Gloucestershire can help older veterans and their families, and has produced this guide to sources of support in the county.
  • Veterans’ Get-Togethers in Gloucestershire
    Find out about regular monthly veterans clubs, held in every district in the county, welcoming all veterans of any age.
  • Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service (formerly TILS, CTS and HIS)
    Provides support for veterans and/or their partners or spouses who are struggling to cope. Referrals for Op Courage in the South Central and South West regions should be made through a single point of access. The referral form should be completed and sent to gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk or you can call 0300 365 2000 and select option 4. People can also self-refer by dialling this number.
  • Stroud District Council drop-ins
    Budgeting, mental health issues and housing support are just some of the areas that military veterans can get support for at a new monthly drop-in service at Stroud District Council. Nicky Wallace, Advice & Information Officer for the Royal British Legion in Gloucestershire will be based at the council’s offices at Ebley Mill on the second Monday of each month to provide support and information for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.

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