Mental Health Services: Veterans

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of including the category of veterans in the Mental Health Services Data Set.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

An indicator for ex British Armed Forces was added to the Mental Health Services Data Set in 2017/18.

However, data is still in its infancy and indicator completion rates are currently only at 13%. NHS England is investigating ways to improve this. The expansion of NHS England’s general practitioner veteran friendly accreditation service and Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance are expected to be helpful in improving the situations.

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