The NHS has a duty to deliver on a number of health commitments for the Armed Forces community, as set out in the Armed Forces Covenant, and will be issuing a weekly briefing to keep you up-to-date with the provision of NHS services for the wider military family…

NHS healthcare for veterans and the Armed Forces community during COVID-19:

  • Non-urgent elective services have been postponed for three months across providers of NHS funded care
  • Primary care: The NHS is working closely with Defence Medical Services to ensure COVID-19 information and guidance is shared with and followed by Defence Primary Care as appropriate
  • Access to prosthetics services is likely to be impacted, with providers reducing services to a minimal level to support social distancing.  Some prosthetics support will continue, but will vary across services
  • Veterans Trauma Network: All elective activity is postponed, however requests for advice and guidance will continue to be supported
  • Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Services (CTS) provision

– TILS and CTS providers are maintaining deliverable services, which are being provided remotely and in the main via telephone and online platforms

– IAPT continues to be available to veterans

– Reviews are ongoing in response to changing national guidance, issues and risks, as well as for those veterans pausing or considering pausing treatment

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