Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance

VCHA FutureNHS Workspace

A FutureNHS workspace (an online collaboration platform open to all NHS staff) has been set up for all NHS staff at Veteran Aware trusts, trusts working towards accreditation or organisations otherwise interested in improving care for the Armed Forces Community.

Contacts for trusts seeking to become Veteran Aware

Further information and resources for trusts interested in becoming Veteran Aware are available from the VCHA Regional Leads:

Region Lead Email
East of England Ian Razzell [email protected]
North East and Yorkshire James Bowman [email protected]
South East Ali Watson [email protected]
South West Bernadette Knight [email protected]
London Anna-Marie Tipping [email protected]
North West Kathryn Glass [email protected]
Midlands Guy Benson [email protected]

The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) is a group of more than 50 providers aiming to improve the healthcare veterans receive from the NHS.

Veteran Aware hospitals will help provide integrated care and a single source of advice to veterans on the support available to them and I want to see this initiative rolled out across the country.

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The strong partnership between the MoD and the NHS highlights our commitment to the through-life care of our service personnel and veterans. The Veteran Aware scheme is a fantastic initiative that will ensure the particular needs of the Armed Forces community are at the heart of their care.

Lieutenant General Martin Bricknell, Surgeon General

I am delighted that a second wave of our top hospitals has joined the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance. Although the British Armed Forces are not currently engaged in high profile campaigns such as in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, the health and wellbeing battles for many veterans continue. The VCHA is playing a major part in helping our brave veterans win their personal battles.

General Lord Richard Dannatt, Patron of the VCHA and former head of the British Army

In 2014, Professor Tim Briggs CBE, Co-chair of the VCHA and Chair of the GIRFT programme, wrote The Chavasse Report on improving armed forces and veteran care while raising NHS standards. His report, based on findings from his original orthopaedic GIRFT visits, recommended establishing a support network of hospitals. The resulting VCHA works closely with NHS Improvement, NHS England, service charities and the Ministry of Defence.

The Alliance seeks to showcase high quality veterans’ healthcare and support NHS trusts to learn from each other by sharing what works. 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. 58 trusts have already demonstrated they are delivering these standards and have been accredited as ‘Veteran Aware.’

This is a fantastic achievement for these hospitals, which will exemplar the best standards of care for veterans. It is just the beginning, every NHS hospital will be invited to join the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance and become Veteran Aware. We hope to have tripled the total number of accredited hospitals by the end of 2019, bringing to fruition the ambitions set out in my Chavasse report in 2014.

Professor Tim Briggs, Co-Chair of the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance and Chair of the GIRFT Programme

List of Veteran Aware trusts

  1. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  2. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  3. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust
  5. East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  6. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  7. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  8. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  9. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  10. Norfolk and Norwich NHS Foundation Trust
  11. North Bristol NHS Trust
  12. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  13. Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  14. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  15. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  16. Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  17. Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  18. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  19. Royal Edinburgh Hospitals, NHS Lothian
  20. Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
  21. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  22. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  23. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  24. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  25. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  26. Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  27. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  28. Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  29. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  30. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  31. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  32. Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  33. Weston Area Health NHS Trust
  34. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  35. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  36. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  37. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  38. Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  39. St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  40. Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  41. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  42. United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  43. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  44. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  45. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  46. Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  47. Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  48. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  49. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  50. Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  51. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  52. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  53. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  54. Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  55. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  56. Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
  57. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
  58. North West Ambulance Service