Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually in the UK every June, this year it’s Saturday 27th June. This is an awareness day that provides a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
The Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, covering a geographical patch from Willerby to Whitby, was recently awarded Veterans Aware Hospital Status. This means that the Trust has been accredited as exemplars of the best care for veterans, helping to drive improvements in NHS care for people who serve or have served in the UK armed forces and their families.
John Byrne, Medical Director at the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust has had a long association with the Armed forces through the bespoke Mental Health Services that we provide, such as our TIL’s service or indeed through the informal veteran’s networks.
“We have thought very carefully about seeking to achieve Veterans Aware Hospital Status and have, through a dedicated patient and service user forum, developed our principles and philosophy in line with this goal. Our aims are based on improving the experience of veterans and their families who come into contact with our services, as well as supporting veterans or their spouses who work within our Trust, delivering care 365 days a year.
“We are also hopeful that our work around the ‘Step into Health’ program will encourage veterans and reservists to come and work for our organisation. We are proud of our work so far and pleased to see our efforts have been acknowledged by NHS England.”
To celebrate both Armed Forces Day and their accreditation achievement, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is hosting a two-week long period of virtual events which aim to increase awareness and show support for veterans. The programme is open to both internal members of the Trust and the public, and includes the following virtual events:
Veteran’s Experience with Ian Graves, Trust Governor & Volunteer
Monday 22nd June, 15:00 – 15:30
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/762111574623738/
Military Human Training Workshop with Nick Wood, York St John’s University
Tuesday 30th June, 15:00 – 16:00
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/294252778375722/
Veteran’s Family Experience with Jessica Pearce, Trust Staff Member
Thursday 2nd July, 13:00 – 13:30
Andrew Sainty, East Riding IAPT Manager at the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said:“Being given the Veteran Aware Hospital Status is a clear acknowledgement of our hard work and commitment to improving services to veterans – including those who are currently serving and their families, both as patients and members of staff.
“We have arranged a two-week programme centred around Armed Forces Day, to further promote the services available to veterans and their families, including perspectives from a veterans point of view, family perspectives, and what our service can offer to all. We hope you will attend the virtual sessions to learn more about what we can do to help veterans and their families.
“Moving forward, we are continuously reviewing the pathways to our services and working diligently to improve access to those services for all.”
[Loren Hakeney – Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust]