4 December 2014
C&I's London Veterans Service was a finalist in the Mental Health category at the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2014.
The awards celebrate excellence in healthcare for the Armed Forces Community, delivering outstanding care to serving personnel, their families and Veterans. They recognise in particular collaboration, such as the blend of skills in multi-disciplinary teams and partnership between the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Health.
Nicholas Hawkes, Clinical Psychologist and LVS Coordinator, was delighted to find the LVS, a service which provides help for veterans who are finding it difficult to cope with civilian life and have mental illnesses, was among other professionals being recognised for their contribution.
He said, "It was really inspiring seeing the amazing range of innovative work being done by civilians, reservists and serving personnel to deliver healthcare, from emergency teams in Afghanistan to health promotion in the UK. Everyone was supporting everyone else, because we were all there with common purpose.
"It was great to be recognised for our efforts to reach out to more of London's veterans who are in need and to help and to develop our service with our new website and our group for families.
"We all vowed to try to win next time with our plans to do more education and training and to work more with the criminal justice system! We were chatting with our fellow Mental Health Award finalists to share ideas, like about how to involve service users, and the more other people in the military and veteran world know us, the more they'll encourage veterans in London to come and use our service when they need to."
A common concern voiced by many ex-service personnel is that a civilian service won't be able to understand or help.
Some veterans have had difficult experiences with civilian services in the past.
The LVS have expertise in working with ex-service personnel and/or have served themselves and we work closely with other ex-services organisations so we can get you the best and most suitable treatment possible.
Please visit www.londonveterans.nhs.uk for more information.