Help for Professionals

This page is currently under development, however, in the interim period we would encourage professional services to use the links below to gather current information on the referral processes and veteran specific health issues.

Combat Stress for Professionals

We look after Veterans who come to us with a wide range of mental health issues. We are not just concerned with the care of those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), although this is a predominant condition within our patient group.

North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

We provide mental health, substance misuse and social care services and support for over 23,600 individuals and their families in north Essex.


Colchester Mind works to improve the lives of people from all sectors of society experiencing mental health problems and seeks to achieve this through providing a variety of services and activities and through campaigning and awareness raising. Colchester Mind provides placements for social work students. Our aim is work collaboratively with partners and the majority of our services are in partnership with statuary and third sectors organisations. More recently we have extended our services and we are now commissioned to provide services in the North East Essex area including Tendring.

Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is a membership body of family doctors committed to delivering excellence in general practice and patient care, in the UK and overseas. In conjunction with Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion, RCPG have produced a guide to veterans health needs entitled "Meeting the healthcare needs of veterans" and is available here.

Veterans First (North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust)

The North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has established a bespoke and unique service to map care pathways, monitor and deliver services for veterans in North Essex.

For specific information on referrals into the NEP Veterans First service please contact the team at:

Veterans First Service

The Lakes Mental Health Unit

Turner Road

Colchester, CO4 5JL

Telephone: 01206 228759

Fax: 01206 851156

or email