Summer 2021 issue
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ELFT is Accredited as a Veteran Aware Trust

The Trust has been named a Veteran Aware Trust in recognition of its commitment to improving NHS care for veterans, reservists, members of the Armed Forces and their families. The accreditation, from the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), acknowledges ELFT’s commitment to a number of key pledges, including:

  • Ensuring that the Armed Forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients, in line with the NHS’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Training relevant staff on veteran specific culture and needs
  • Making veterans, reservists and service families aware of appropriate charities or NHS services beneficial to them, such as mental health services or support with financial and/or benefit claims
  • Supporting the Armed Forces as an employer

ELFT is now one of 83 members of the VCHA and is part of a growing number of NHS Trusts gaining this accolade.

“It has been a real pleasure to work with all our partners especially those for the armed forces community to gain our Veteran Aware Trust status,” said Jane Kelly, ELFT Clinical Lead for Veterans.

“We have achieved the standards required by ensuring that the veterans’ voice remained central to all the decisions we made and taking this inclusive approach forward in the veterans’ triple aim project. I absolutely enjoy this work stream and feel honoured to continue to take it forward and improve the life of those who have served.”

“For most veterans, the transition from a life in the forces to one on ‘civvy street’ is fairly straight forward,” said John Phillips, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire coordinator for Project Nova, a charity initiative run in partnership with RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded, designed to offer tailored support to veterans who find themselves at risk of offending, so they can get their lives back on track.

“Sadly, for some, this journey is more difficult, with a small number facing challenges such as housing, debt, drugs and alcohol addiction, or physical and mental health issues.“Finding sustainable and meaningful support for veterans can be key in helping them lead a meaningful and law abiding life, so we are delighted to have been able to offer our support to ELFT so they can encourage more ex-servicemen and women to declare their experiences to GPs, as well as help them find careers in the NHS.”

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