Developing mental health services for veterans

NHS England has published a report into the findings from an engagement on NHS veterans’ mental health services. 

Views were received from over 1,270 veterans, their families, services charities, mental health clinicians and other individuals and organisations involved in the care of veterans with mental health difficulties. 

NHS England is reviewing the findings of the engagement together with the findings of three pilots it recently funded to test enhanced models of care for mental health services for veterans.

These pilots ran from November 2015 to 31 March 2016 and were provided by North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, which developed a joint substance misuse and mental health service model for veterans, as well as an outpatient service for veterans with moderate to severe PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder); and the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which developed a model to address the barriers that some veterans experience in accessing mental health services.

NHS England will formally respond to the findings of the engagement and the pilots and will produce a clear plan in order to commission future veterans’ mental health services that have an evidence base and are aligned to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

NHS England is fully committed to delivering service improvements for veterans’ mental health and will work collaboratively with partner organisations to help ensure the right pathways of support are in place for mental health services for veterans and their families.