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 - November 2016
Diane Palmer, Area Team Manager of Veterans First has written a blog about the affect Bonfire Night can have on Veterans with PTSD:
At Veterans First, a Specialist NHS Veterans Team operating across Essex, we know only too well how the fireworks on Bonfire Night can trigger flashbacks and other Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms that can leave our war heroes curled up in a ball crying or drinking to excess to block out intrusive thoughts and memories...........to read full blog click link http://www.nep.nhs.uk/bonfires-and-remembrance-a-blog-from-veterans-first/
HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2016 - Winners!
The Veterans First service of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) won the Specialist Services category for their “Innovative and collaborative approach to supporting Armed Forces Personnel in transition and Veterans.” in the 2016 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards.
The award ceremony was held in Manchester on Tuesday 24 May. Click here for all the winners
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