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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust recognised as “Veteran Aware” ahead of Armistice Centenary

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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust recognised as “Veteran Aware” ahead of Armistice Centenary
09 November 2018

As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust has been accredited as ‘Veteran Aware’ today (Friday 9 November).

This mark of distinction means that patients who have served in the UK armed forces will be cared for by frontline staff who have received training and education on their specific needs, such as around mental health, and who can signpost them to local support services.

Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust is one of 24 NHS bodies across the UK that have received accreditation from the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance. The Alliance is made up of national bodies, including NHS Improvement, NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Ministry of Defence, and the Confederation of Service Charities.

Patients and visitors at Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust can expect to see posters that its services are “Veteran Aware,” such as in their clinics and public waiting areas, encouraging them to notify staff that they have served in the armed forces. This is to ensure that the armed forces community is never disadvantaged compared to other patients.

Melloney Poole, Chair of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that we are among the first to become an accredited veteran aware hospital. Here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust our staff work alongside more than 260 personnel from the Defence Medical Group (South), doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.  As an organisation we are committed to being armed forces friendly and to supporting military personnel across our community.  In June this year we signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging to enshrine the covenant in our staff and patient policies, services and projects to ensure no current or former personnel are disadvantaged by serving their country.

“This includes committing to the Armed Forces Covenant, raising awareness among staff of veterans’ healthcare needs, and establishing clear links with service charities and local support providers. When hospitals can demonstrate they are delivering these high standards, they will be publicly accredited as “veteran aware,” and I’m delighted we have achieved this important milestone.”

Professor Tim Briggs, National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency at NHS Improvement and Co-Chair of the Veterans Covenant Hospitals Alliance, said: “I applaud Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust for becoming one of the first in the country to be accredited as “veteran aware.”

“People who have served in the armed forces can often have specific and varied needs and so, we must do everything we can to ensure the NHS continues to support those who have given so much for our country.

“As we mark the Armistice centenary, we are calling on other trusts to lead by this example and apply for their accreditation so that they can guarantee they are doing the exactly same.”

There are around 2.16 million veterans in England, making up between 3 and 9% of the population. In the Solent area there are around 36,638 veterans.

Estimated size of the Armed Forces community within the Solent

Local Authority

Veterans (1)

Veteran

Spouses

(2)

Veterans dependents (3)

Navy personnel (4)

SFA (5)

Based Personnel (6)

Reservists (7)

War Widow (ers)(7)

Total

Portsmouth

10,510

6,411

2,021

1,533

1,690

2,166

270

121

24,722

Southampton

12,549

7,654

2,414

470

.

11

140

.

23,238

Gosport

4,158

2,536

800

1373

2,022

61

140

.

11,090

Isle of Wight

9,421

5,746

1,812

118

.

.

60

.

17,157

Total

36,638

22,347

7,047

3,494

3,712

2,238

610

121

76,207

 

As of 1st October 2017, there were approximately 8,170 regular serving personnel based within the Solent: 6,340 Portsmouth, 1780 in Gosport, and 50 Southampton10: 95% Royal Navy/Royal Marine, 4% Regular Army, and 1% Royal Air Force.**

 

ENDS

Notes to editors:

 

  1. A special service will be held at Queen Alexandra Hospital to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.   The service will be held in the hospital chapel on A level at 11am tomorrow (Friday 9th November).
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  3. Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust is one of 24 hospitals that has been accredited as ‘Veteran Aware’. The full list is as follows: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Sussex Armed Forces Network; City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust; Doncaster and Bassetlaw Foundation Trust; Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust; North Bristol NHS Trust; North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust; Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust; North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust; Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Edinburgh Hospitals, NHS Lothian; Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust; Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust; South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Swansea Morriston Hospital; University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, QEH; East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

 

  1. For further information about the Veterans Covenant Hospitals Alliance and for information about how other NHS trusts can apply for their accreditation to be ‘Veteran Aware’, please visit NHS Improvement’s website: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/veteran-aware-hospitals/

 

  1. The NHS is committed to the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the UK Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/defence-and-armed-forces/armed-forces-covenant.

 

  1. Data Sources:

*Table: Estimated size of the Armed Forces community within the Solent is taken from page 17 of THE ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY WITHIN THE SOLENT

https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/documents-external/cou-solent-armed-forces-covenant-needs-assessment-oct-2018.pdf

 

**Military Personnel in the Solent taken from:

MOD (2018) Location of UK Regular and civilian personnel quarterly statistics, retrieved from: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/location-of-all-uk-regular-service-and-civilian-personnel-quarterly-statistics-index

 

 

 

 

 

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