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NHS

Our NHS provides healthcare information and support for the UK's 10 million-strong armed forces community, including serving personnel, reservists, families and veterans.

Mental Health Support for Veterans, Service Leavers and Reservists

There are a number of dedicated mental health support services available to the members of the Armed Forces Community such as Op COURAGE, Combat Stress and Togetherall whose details can be accessed through the link below.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The DMWS is an independent charity providing an independent and confidential medical welfare service.

CUH hosts a Medical Welfare Voluntary Services Co-ordinator who supports service users to navigate health and social systems by offering a personalised, confidential and coordinated approach. Working alongside the hospital and community teams, the role offers assistance with practical needs or welfare issues through signposting, onward referrals or using frequent visits to support and talk through questions and concerns.

As an advocate for each service user, the DMWS coordinator aims to provide effective welfare and wellbeing support that meets identified patient needs and provides the best possible patient pathway, care and experience.

As an inpatient and a member of the Armed Forces community, you can ask to speak to the DMWS Medical Welfare Voluntary Services Coordinator while on the ward.

SSAFA

Providing lifelong support for veterans and their families across Cambridgeshire

The Veterans’ Gateway

A first point of contact for veterans and their families, putting them in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Combat Stress

Supporting former servicemen and women’s mental health

Help for Heroes

Providing recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service, no matter when they served

Blesma

Supports all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support