GP Surgeries registering as Armed Forces and Military Veteran Aware
As part of the NHS commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, an increasing number of GP practices are registering as Armed Forces/Military Veteran Aware under a national scheme, backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs, to improve medical care and treatment for former members of the Armed Forces. The expansion follows a successful pilot in the West Midlands – initiated by the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Midlands faculty – where 90 GP practices have signed up so far.
To become accredited, GP practices need to:
- have a lead for Veterans’ issues within the surgery;
- identify and flag Veterans on their computer system;
- undertake dedicated training and attend armed forces healthcare meetings;
- increase understanding of the health needs of veterans amongst both clinical and administrative staff.
Allied to this, the Covenant team in the MOD are currently working with the Department of Health & Social Care to update the form that is completed when an individual registers at a GP practice, ensuring it captures the relevant information to best meet the needs of the Armed Forces community.