23 June 2021

Support available for veterans from the NHS and partner organisations is being shared by the Trust as part of Armed Forces Day 2021 on Saturday (June 26). 

ELFT has registered with the national Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), a group of more than 50 providers aiming to improve the healthcare veterans receive from the NHS, signed the Armed Forces Covenant and is now working towards accreditation as a Veterans Aware Trust.

The Trust has created an online resource providing a one-stop-shop directory of help and support available for veterans and their families.

As a registered covenant Trust part of our work is to focus on understanding how veterans and the armed forces community use health and social care services and how they can be connected with services to meet their needs. 

We are also focussing on the positive contribution which can be made by veterans through involvement from a service user perspective and also by considering how their skill-sets could also benefit services operationally through employment opportunities. 

Work in the Trust is designed and delivered through co-production.

Supporting veterans and the wider armed forces community is now a Triple Aim objective and supported by the Trust’s Quality Improvement (QI) team.  

Members of our local Veteran Alliance have also joined the Trust and are on the way to completing their Improving Leaders Programme.  

Veteran and Project Nova Lead John Phillips, Keiron Coombs From the Poppy Factory, military wife Sharon Deans and Veterans Champion and Sheila O'Connell from ELFT are all now part of the team.  

“It is an absolute pleasure to have the Veterans Voice so central to this work and being upskilled in QI methodology is really giving us all a strong framework to drive through the improvements in a true co-produced way,” said Jane Kelly, ELFT’s Veteran Clinical Lead.  

The Trust’s priorities for veterans are:  

  • Increasing the number of veterans and their families employed by ELFT  
  • Increasing awareness of the unique veterans' community and what resources and services are available  
  • Working with veterans and their families to improve care and treatment pathway