Welcome to NHS Veteran Aware

This website is for anyone interested in the Veteran Aware accreditation programme. If you are looking for information about healthcare for the Armed Forces community, please go to www.nhs.uk/armedforceshealth or see our useful links page.

NHS Veteran Aware is an accreditation programme designed to support NHS trusts in understanding and meeting the needs of the Armed Forces community. Accreditation is administered by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), an NHS England funded programme of work hosted by the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

Veteran Aware accreditation seeks to deliver:

  • better health and wellbeing for the whole of the Armed Forces community,
  • a more joined-up experience of care for serving personnel and their families as they move around the country and transition from service to civilian life,
  • faster and more local access to high quality, personalised care for the Armed Forces community and
  • greater value for money.

Veteran Aware accreditation supports NHS, and other healthcare organisations, to meet the commitments of Armed Forces Act, 2021. The Armed Forces Act brought the Armed Forces Covenant into law and states that members of the Armed Forces Community, should not be disadvantaged when accessing or receiving healthcare.

Accreditation supports the implementation of the nine commitments made in Healthcare for the Armed Forces: a forward view; a companion document to the NHS Long Term Plan.

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