NHS

As part of the NHS, you can support the Armed Forces community and the Covenant by:

Mitigating the impacts of Service life on your patients from the Armed Forces community

You might provide healthcare to:

  • Currently serving Regular or Reserve members of the UK Armed Forces
  • Family members of someone serving, or formerly serving, in the UK Armed Forces
  • Bereaved family members of someone who died on service in the UK Armed Forces
  • Service leavers and former members (‘veterans’) of the UK Armed Forces

Some of these patients might face disadvantages compared to the general population, arising from Service life, such as a longer treatment programme due to a mobile lifestyle. You might be able to mitigate some of these disadvantages. There might also be opportunities for you to offer special provision to those who have sacrificed the most, such as the injured and the bereaved. Follow the link below to find out more about mitigating the impacts of Service life.

Since November 2022, certain NHS bodies have been legally obliged to have due regard to the Covenant principles when carrying out certain functions. Follow the link below to find out more about the Covenant Legal Duty.

GP practices in England can opt to become Veteran Friendly, it means that they provide extra support to those who have served. Practices who join the scheme gain access to a dedicated support package from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Employing members of the Armed Forces community

You might employ:

  • Currently serving Reserve members of the UK Armed Forces
  • Family members of someone serving, or formerly serving, in the UK Armed Forces
  • Bereaved family members of someone who died on service in the UK Armed Forces
  • Service leavers and Veterans of the UK Armed Forces

You can be a Forces friendly employer of members of the Armed Forces community, receive awards that recognise your commitment to the Covenant, and get help and advice. Follow the link below to find out more about employing members of the Armed Forces community.

Show your support

Sign the Covenant, apply for Covenant funding, or use the Covenant branding. Follow the link below to find out more.

Research documents for healthcare professionals

Understanding Military Culture: York St John University has published a report for staff in local authorities and medical services who have dealings with serving and veteran personnel.

The Local Government Association has written a report for local authorities and healthcare professionals on meeting the public health needs of the Armed Forces.

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