NHS England has released a brief on the forthcoming Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service, which is intended for veterans who are in a mental health crisis and need urgent and emergency care and treatment…

NHS England is currently in the process of commissioning regional pathfinder services across England to test the proposed model of care for the Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS). These will be mobilised in June 2020 and run until the end of March 2022. Learning and insight from the pathfinders will inform the development of a final integrated mental health service model for the HIS that will be in place by April 2022.

As arrangements progress for this new service, further details will be shared. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please email england.armedforceshealth@nhs.net.

Commissioning of the HIS builds on progress made over the last few years with the launch of the Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service and the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service.

Whilst these two services have been welcomed and made a significant difference to the health outcomes of many veterans and their families, there is a cohort of veterans who are experiencing periods of crisis and may require admission to inpatient services or who may require a more bespoke offering.