When servicewomen and men leave the armed forces, their care transfers to the statutory and third sector where the quality and provision of services can vary enormously. This edited book, encompassing a range of perspectives, from service user to professional, provides a comprehensive overview of services available. Each chapter, in turn, examines the policy underpinnings of systems and services covering the psychological health and social care of military veterans and then focuses on the needs of a discrete number of types of military veterans including early service leavers, veterans in the criminal justice system, older veterans and reservists, together with the needs of the children of veterans’ families.
This is the first UK book to examine the whole spectrum of contemporary approaches to the psychological health and social care of military veterans both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The book is edited by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, a former head of healthcare psychology within the UK Ministry of Defence and all contributors are experts in policy, service provision and academic research in this area. It will be of special interest to those designing and planning, commissioning, managing and delivering mental health and social care to military veterans and their families
"It is often, and erroneously, assumed that veterans form a homogenous population. This book ranges widely across the Armed Forces Community and draws important distinctions between its various constituent members. Adding complexity to the landscape of those needing mental health services, are the many factors affecting how those services are delivered – through policy, geography and the very nature of the delivery organization. By bringing together in a single volume such a mass of contemporary knowledge and practice, the Editor has delivered insight and understanding: an essential read for those involved in this important sector."
Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE is Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust.
"Much has been talked and written about military veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in recent years, but hitherto there has been insufficient research and understanding of the wider issues involved. Led by Professor Jamie Hacker-Hughes, the highly-distinguished authors of this book provide a detailed analysis of just who makes up the British military veteran cohort and exactly the nature of their needs and challenges after service in the Armed Forces. "Military Veteran Psychological Health and Social Care" will be of equal value to the health professional and the general reader in the drive to improve life for veterans after their service for their Queen and Country."
General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Chief of the General Staff 200602009
"Probably the last, comparable book to Military Veteran Psychological Health and Social Care on the health of UK veterans was published in 2009 (by the Kings Centre for Military Health Research). This new book provides a valuable update. It also contains some nuggets of real gold."
Woody Caan, Journal of Public Mental Health
PART 1: THE BRITISH VETERAN. 1.Introduction 2. The Policy 3. Early Services Leavers: Hisotry, Vunerability and Future Research 4.Veterans' Children 5. The Ex-Armed Forces Offender and the UK Criminal Justice System 6. The Health and Social Care of Older Veterans in the UK: Raising Awareness of Needs in Later Life 7. Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme for British Forces: Meeting need…or managing expectation? PART 2: MODELS OF SERVICE PROVISION. 8. The North West Perspective 9. Veterans’ NHS Wales (VNHSW) - the only NHS national veterans’ service in the UK? 10. The Scottish Perspective 11. The Role of the Third Sector Charity Combat Stress, An Update 12. Veteran Psychological Health and Social Care: a Dutch Perspective 13. An International Perspective on Transition 14. Postscript