Veterans: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th May 2018.

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Most services for most veterans are delivered without their veteran status being reported centrally. Some data is available for some veteran specific services.

The number of referrals to separately identified veteran specific services, including both care and signposting, veterans identified in general Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and the resources allocated in England are in the following table.

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Veteran Specific services

3,005

3,632

5,073

5,374

Identified veteran in IAPT

16,050

15,490

19,020

20,005

Allocated Resource (£ million)

4.7

4.7

6.4

6.4

In order to improve and strengthen the offer to veterans, during 2016 NHS England carried out a comprehensive review of mental health services for veterans. Feedback from veterans and their families led to significant improvements in the commissioning of services.

In 2017 NHS England launched the Veterans Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (TILs) which increases access and treatment to appropriate and timely mental health services for both armed forces serving personnel approaching discharge and veterans with mental health difficulties.

NHS England also launched the Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service in April 2018, which builds on the launch of TILs and provides an enhanced service for veterans who have military-attributable complex mental health problems that have not been resolved earlier in the care/support pathway.

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