Veterans Rehabilitation Project


The VCHA programme includes an element looking at veterans’ rehabilitation, and a project has been established to review and to make recommendations on improving patient care.  It is led by clinicians Sarah Barker, an Occupational Therapist, and Physiotherapist Maisy Provan. 

The project aims to create clinical pathways for military veterans, focusing on: 
  • Musculo-skeletal (MSK) conditions; shoulders, back, hip, knee, ankle and amputees
  • Chronic pain and pain management 
  • The psychological effects of injury.
The scope of the project includes:
  • Reviewing current practices in rehabilitation across England in both the NHS and the private sector
  • The work undertaken by military charities
  • Rehabilitation in the Ministry of Defence.
The aim is to complete a research and review phase by Spring 2022, then pilot a model across England. 
The pilot will:
  • Identify examples of best practice to inform new pathways and the clinical recommendations for delivering enhanced patient care in the NHS in England
  • Provide better forward planning and shared learning, and highlight best practice and improvements in standards and quality
  • Showcase high quality rehabilitation and demonstrate evidence-based methodologies in NHS services, and
  • Drive up standards to benefit everyone across the whole of NHS England.

Background and Contact details

The team is led by Professor Tim Briggs CBE, National Clinical Improvement Director for NHS England & Improvement, GIRFT Chair, and Chair of the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance. 

The review will be carried out by rehabilitation clinicians Sarah Barker (Occupational Therapist) and Maisy Provan (Physiotherapist). 

Click here to see the list of visits completed so far.

Sarah is an experienced occupational therapist with a background in military charity health and welfare, community psychiatry, as well as rehabilitation in both physical and mental health.  

Maisy is a senior physiotherapist with a background in trauma and physical rehabilitation. She is also a member of the British Army Reserves.