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NHS Trust collaborating with local community to improve care for veterans and members of the armed forces

NHS Trust collaborating with local community to improve care for veterans and members of the armed forces
13 February 2023

The Island’s veteran community and members of the public are invited to come along to a veteran’s engagement event at St Mary’s Hospital on Thursday 2 March.

As part of a new initiative, our Trust is working with local partner organisations to ensure that they raise awareness of the availability of help that is on offer to support veterans and their families here on the Isle of Wight.

On the day Medical Director, Steve Parker, will also be unveiling a new plaque to mark our Trust achieving its Veteran Aware Accreditation.

The event will open at 10.30am at the Conference Room, opposite the restaurant for members of the public and staff to meet with representatives of the our partner organisations. The Island’s High Sheriff, Kay Marriott will also be in attendance alongside Chair of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Claire Critchison.

Mr Steve Parker, Medical Director and Clinical Champion for Veteran Aware, said “It is vital that we provide appropriate support for our veterans and armed forces community.

“This event is the next step as a Veteran Aware accredited organisation to make sure we are supporting as many of our veteran and armed forces community with the right care that they need”

All are welcome to drop in to meet representatives of partner organisations, between 10.30am and 1.30pm, to find out what support is available to veterans and their families and how they can access help here on the Isle of Wight.

Armed Forces personnel and their loved ones have often lived through experiences in a way not experienced by the public, which creates a specific need for how these people are cared for.

Our Trust was awarded its Veteran Aware Accreditation in December 2022 and the event will builds on the commitment to establish links to appropriate nearby veteran services, identify veterans to ensure they receive appropriate care and raise awareness of veterans.

Our staff are also undertaking specific training and members of the public are encouraged to let a member of staff know if they are an Armed Forces Veteran or serving member

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