The North Essex Veterans Mental Health Network (NEVMHN) has been established to ensure that there is active and meaningful dialogue between the full range of agencies in the North Essex area concerned with the mental health of veterans.
The initial dialogue between the Military Mental Health team at Colchester and the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust regarding the care handover of a particular service leaver raised more questions than answers. Combat Stress were consulted as experts in this field and the beginning of a network was formed. Project expertise was provided by Enable East and the team included a veteran. The focus for all is the veteran and putting the veteran first.
As a direct result of the partnerships formed through the NEVMHN and the hard work of dedicated individuals, the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust launched the Veterans First Service in May 2012. The team is already making a difference to veterans and cascading advice and treatment throughout the Trust. To contact the Veterans First team follow the 'GET HELP NOW' from any page.
NEWS UPDATE - APRIL 2017
On 1 April 2017, NHS England launched the transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans.
The following providers have been appointed to deliver this service under a three year contract:
- Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the South West of England)
- Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (covering South East of England and London)
- Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (covering the Midlands and East of England)
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (covering the North of England).
Diane Palmer, the Area Team Manager for Veterans First is delighted to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Royal College of Nursing Innovation Awards 2017, for her design of the 'Veterans Universal Passport' which is currently being piloted in the team. The Awards ceremony takes place in May 2017 in London.
RCNi Awards 2017
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