Spring accreditations

We are delighted to announce that this spring, 11 NHS trusts have accredited as Veteran Aware. This means that, 89% of all NHS trusts in England.

Many thanks go to the following trusts, who have recently completed their accreditation, for their commitment to the Armed Forces community:

  • The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust

  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust 

  • East Lancashire Hospital Trust 

  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

  • Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust 

  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust 

  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Additionally, congratulations and thanks go to two independent providers and one hospice, who have also accredited:

  • Cornwall Hospice

  • Livewell Southwest Independent Provider (CIC)

  • Practice Plus Group, Plymouth Hospital

In total, 23 independent healthcare providers and hospices have now accredited as Veteran Aware.

Veteran Aware accreditation aims to ensure that patients from the Armed Forces Community are not disadvantaged when accessing healthcare. Accredited trusts do this by developing, sharing and driving the implementation of best practice, at the same time aiming to raise standards for everyone accessing NHS trusts in England. Accreditation is overseen by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA).

Accreditation supports NHS trusts, and an increasing number of independent healthcare providers and hospices, to pay due regard to the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant, part of the Armed Forces Act (2021), is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve, or who have served, in the Armed Forces, and their families, are not disadvantaged when accessing healthcare.

If you are interested in accrediting your NHS trust, independent health provider or hospice, please get in touch by emailing rnoh.vcha@nhs.net

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