Chelsea Pensioners receive accreditation

The Royal Hospital Chelsea has been presented with its official Veteran Aware accreditation during a Chelsea Veteran Outreach event.

The charity is the home of the iconic Chelsea Pensioners, some 300 army veterans, including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II.

Accreditation means it has been recognised for providing first class medical healthcare by working collaboratively with local GP’s, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, military charities and the hospital’s own Chelsea Outreach programme.

The programme aims to provide comradeship and a sense of community to veterans of the three Armed Services and Merchant Navy, in particular to those over the age of 65, who might benefit from the company of other veterans who have shared the Service ethos and experienced the unique challenges of military campaigning and keeping the peace.

The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) oversaw the process.

VCHA Chair, Professor Tim Briggs CBE, presented the Governor, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE DL, with the accreditation on Thursday (22/02/2024).

Veterans and partner organisations joined to celebrate this achievement.

Prof Briggs said: “I am delighted that the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is such an iconic organisation, has joined the alliance. They can only add weight to our mission in making sure that the members of the Armed Forces Community receive the same access and outcomes of healthcare as everyone else.”

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