Submission on veterans' health statistics

The Legion has submitted evidence to the Health and Social Care Information Centre on the need for future editions of the Health Survey for England to include questions on previous military Service. The response also calls for the survey sample size to be increased and for 'dropped' questions, including on major injury, attitudes towards alcohol and health service use, to be re-included in future surveys. The full response can be accessed by clicking here.

Report on the healthcare needs of injured veterans and their families

In May 2012, the Armed Forces Partnership hosted a user-led event focusing on injured veterans’ healthcare needs and experiences, and those of their families. This brought together veterans with those responsible for the commission and provision of their health and care services, with the aim of placing veterans’ voices at the heart of the design of health and social care services.

The outcomes of this conference and the preparatory work it entailed are contained within a report, prepared by Wilson Sherriff (stakeholder engagement specialists) on behalf of the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress. To access the final report, please click here.

The report will both shape the services which the Legion and Combat Stress provide and inform the Department of Health’s plans for injured personnel, both during and after transition from service to civilian life.

Reserves’ Healthcare 2020 consultation submission

On January 17 2013 The Royal British Legion and Combat Stress hosted an event to consider and answer the healthcare questions that may arise from the MoD's plans to expand and restructure the Reserve Forces.

The submission prepared by the Armed Forces Strategic Health Partnership for this consultation is now available from this link (pdf format).

Helping patients return home from hospital

The Government has launched a new resource pack for supporting older patients returning home from hospital. 

It contains information and advice leaflets, case studies, fact sheets and checklists to help health, housing and social care professionals provide the right care for older patients.

The intention is to assist with a safe return, reducing the risk of readmission to hospital.

This Resource Pack is based on, and complements, the 10 Steps in the Department of Health's 2010 publication.

Click here to access the Hospital 2 Home resource pack.

Future Reserves Healthcare: Developing a 2020 vision Conference

On January 17 2013 The Royal British Legion and Combat Stress are hosting an event to consider and answer the healthcare questions that potentially arise from the MoD's plans to expand and restructure the Reserve Forces.

With the Government having very recently published Future Reserves 2020, proposing how it intends to achieve the desired changes to the Reserve Forces, it is the perfect time for the Armed Forces, voluntary and health sectors to gain an understanding of the healthcare implications and to consider how we can work together to provide the best possible provision. We very much hope you are able to join us at this important event.

The key speakers will set the scene in the morning session. This will inform the afternoon group discussions and panel debate. The Minister for Personnel, Veterans and Welfare, Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, will be the Keynote Speaker. Other speakers will include representatives from Ministry of Defence (MoD), Department of Health (DH), Kings Centre for Military Health Research and the Territorial Army. A provisional agenda is available here. Please note that this is subject to addition but will remain within the specified start and end times.

The event is part of the Legion and Combat Stress's three-year programme as Strategic Partners of the DH for the Armed Forces and Veterans. The partnership aims to promote understanding of the health issues experienced by those who serve and foster new pathways of care and support. We aim to bring an array of expertise and organisations together, ensuring everyone has a voice and that we cast the widest possible net to help improve health outcomes.

The event is free of charge, refreshments and lunch will be provided. However we are unfortunately unable to cover travel costs. Please feel free to pass this invite on to colleagues whom you feel may be interested in, and able to benefit from, this event. Spaces are limited so in the event of excess demand we may have to limit the number of places per organisation.

Registration for the event will be from 9.30am for a 10.00am start.  The venue is The Albert Hall Conference Centre, North Circus Street, Nottingham NG1 5AA. It is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi from Nottingham Train Station. Car parking is available, at preferential rates, in three nearby multi-story car parks. Details can be provided on request.

We would be grateful if you could please confirm your intention to attend by emailing Laura Pett with your name (including any rank, title or post nominal), job title and organisation to lpett@britishlegion.org.uk  by 7 December 2012.

If you have any special dietary or access requirements could you please make us aware of these when confirming your attendance. For other enquiries please call 020 3207 2126.

Resources

The partnership aims to bring you the most up to date and comprehensive access to Armed Forces and veterans' healthcare resources.

Our resources pages include Research, Policy Briefings and Consultation Responses.

Contact us

To contact the partnership program, please click here and complete our enquiry form.

For general contact details for The Royal British Legion, please visit their website: www.britishlegion.org.uk.

For general contact details for Combat Stress, please visit their website: www.combatstress.org.uk.

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