HEALTH chiefs at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust have been formally recognised as ‘Veteran Aware’ by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA).
The accreditation has been awarded by the VCHA following an evidence-based assessment of standards relating to the care, and improvement of care for veterans, reservists, members of the armed forces and their families.
VCHA is a group of NHS providers – including acute, mental health, community, and ambulance Trusts – who have agreed to be exemplars of the best care for, and support to, the armed forces community.
The Trust, which provides a wide range of physical and mental health services across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have evidenced their commitment to supporting the armed forces community through their work with local veteran services, staff training and understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant.
Susan Harris, director of Strategy and Partnerships at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said: “Both Herefordshire and Worcestershire have strong connections to the armed forces and a large armed forces community inclusive of veterans, so it is really important we recognise the specific needs they have and our services are responsive and able to provide the help and support which they may require.
“Our core strategic priorities include providing those from the armed forces community the opportunity to join our trust and flourish in their careers, be it for a short time due to posting, as a reservist or as a new career.
The announcement comes ahead of Armed Forces Day, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 25.