Staff from the Combat Stress charity are to work in NHS mental health trusts in a bid to improve treatment offered to traumatised soldiers, the government is expected to announce.
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The plight of injured and shell-shocked servicemen and women coming home from war zones has been highlighted in recent times, particularly as the conflict in Afghanistan has grown more bloody.
Last year Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, said it was “disgraceful” that military personnel were forced to wait for mental healthcare on the NHS.
And in August it was reported that specialist centres for traumatised members of the armed forces were under threat because government funding was running low.
Under the new scheme, staff from Combat Stress will be brought in to work with NHS mental health teams, initially in areas where there are high numbers of veterans.
Health minister Mike O’Brien and veterans minister Kevan Jones are expected to unveil various plans to give better provision to the rising number of military personnel needing support.
The plans, which will be announced in a visit to Combat Stress, include commitments on providing prosthetic limbs and care planning before servicemen leave the armed forces.
Mr O’Brien said: “Those who have given so much for their country deserve the very best healthcare.
“These improvements build on the high quality mental health services that the NHS already provides and ensure that their specific health needs are better met.
“This will ensure ex-servicemen and women get the help they need from the NHS and put them in touch with local support groups.”