Who is a Veteran?
The current Ministry of Defence (MoD) definition of a veteran is based on the criteria of all those personnel, male and female, who have served more than one day in either the Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, including National Service personnel, Merchant Navy if involved in a conflict and Reservists. A veteran is not defined by the length or nature of service. Nor are they stripped of this status even if they are discharged from the Armed Forces for a serious or criminal breach of the Army Act 1955.
Veterans mental health services in Derbyshire
Derbyshire has a lead nurse for veterans’ mental health who works alongside current care providers in meeting the needs of veterans with mental health issues. Assessments and recommendations for treatment and support services can be made with the agreement of the veteran.
What’s on offer?
- Specialist advice, support and understanding in regards to mental health problems that affect veterans
- Help to access support for a wide range of issues that can contribute or impact on the veteran’s mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Recommend treatments or psychological therapies within existing services to meet specific needs
- Provide advice on health related issues, drugs and alcohol, work and skills, social networks, debt and benefits, war pensions and support for the families of veterans with mental health problems
- Access to other services that are be able to provide treatment and support. These include charitable organisations such as Combat Stress, Royal British Legion, Forces in the Community, Veterans UK and the Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme
- The service is confidential within normal therapeutic boundaries.
How to access the service
Professionals and service users are encouraged to utilise existing routes into the service, via the GP or healthcare professionals who are currently involved in an individuals care. For further information, please email email@example.com.
Referrals are accepted from healthcare professionals within Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust or local health providers within the catchment area.
A senior clinician will review the referral and take further information from the referrer if required. Any areas of potential risk will be worked alongside with the local mental health teams to ensure the safety of those within the service. The aim is to have an inclusive service for all veterans, however, those who have drug and alcohol issues are encouraged to engage with appropriate services, with support from the veterans mental health team, if this is their primary need.