My Dad came back from the second word world war a changed man. He had photos of his comrades taken in Egypt, Israel, and Italy. The horrors of war must have taken its toll on him as he spent most of his time at the war veterans legion, hitting the bottle and spending less time with us. I don’t ever recall having a decent conversation with my dad until well into my early twenties, the sad thing about it was he was dying.
After I moved to London in the seventies, I worked for a Human Rights Organisation. It was the first time I had come face to face with victims of war ranging from asylum seekers, refugees and even a Russian KGB agent from Moscow who claimed political asylum. This experience had an impact on my thinking and attitude to life.
Most of these poor unfortunate souls suffered from post-traumatic stress and the majority of them were men. As I was not equipped to deal with them, I would refer them to the Medical Foundation. It is a wonderful foundation which specializes in mental and psychological trauma.
Read Bryan Cockel, When I was a kid in the 60’s, The War was only about twenty years past. It seemed that everyone’s dads and uncles (and mothers and aunts in some cases) served, many overseas. Here is what I heard of what it was like for them after returning home, understanding that many were very tight-lipped about the extraordinary experiences they’d had, particularly my father. Read more .>>>……..
NHS and MOD working in Partneship
The partnership between the NHS and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has enabled the armed forces to provide modern and advanced clinical care, and give its medical staff the broadest and most up-to-date training and experience.
Medical services are delivered to servicemen and women by the MoD, the NHS, charities and welfare organisations.
The MoD is responsible for providing:
- primary care: such as general practice, dentistry, occupational medicine and community mental health services within the UK and at defence outposts overseas.
- specialist healthcare: such as secondary care and rehabilitation through the Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.
Armed forces personnel returning from operations for treatment in the UK usually go to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), which is also the home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM).
During their treatment at QEHB, most military patients are grouped together in a secure trauma ward staffed by military and NHS medical staff.
The RCDM and UHB have earned an excellent reputation for treating the complex injuries typical of military casualties.
All serving personnel receive their mental health care through MoD-commissioned services.
Military mental health professionals are sent on operations overseas, so they can provide assessment and care in the field.
In the UK, mental health services work alongside community-based mental health services, to ensure they follow national best practice guidelines.
Care is offered at 15 military Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH) across the UK (and smaller centres abroad), which provide outpatient mental health care.
Inpatient mental health care services in the UK are provided under contract by a partnership of eight NHS trusts.
This is led by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Service personnel are assessed, stabilised and treated in hospitals as close to their home or parent unit as possible.
The priority is to return injured servicemen and women to work as quickly as possible.
The trusts providing inpatient healthcare are:
- South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Grampian
- Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Transition and Veterans Health
Everyone leaving the armed forces is given a summary of their medical records, which they are advised to give to their new NHS doctor when they register with them.
A rigorous handover process – known as the Seriously Injured Leavers Protocol (SILP) – is in place for veterans with health care requirements after leaving the forces.
Subject to the clinical needs of others, veterans are also entitled to priority NHS treatment for any condition that may have been caused during service.
The Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP) (formerly the Medical Assessment Programme) provides mental health assessments for veterans and reservists who have concerns about their mental health as a result of service.
Mum and Dad surprise daughter after returning from War