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RCN CONGRESS LATEST: Call to protect mental health of armed forces

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A resolution was passed unanimously urging RCN council to renew its efforts to ensure former members of the armed forces could access appropriately skilled mental health services.

The resolution, passed by a majority of 99%, was proposed by Derek Blackshaw from Salisbury and South Wiltshire branch. ‘We desperately need these services,’ he said.

Andrew Parker from Northampton branch strongly backed the resolution. ‘When you come to consider what these people are going through, there is no excuse whatever,’ he said. ‘They defend the country, they are forgotten when they come back.’

Richard Hilling, from the Wounded and Injured Nurse Group, added: ‘Please don’t forget families, friends and colleagues, and please retain the superb military hospital at Portsmouth.’

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  • A long overdue resolution, my commodation to the the instigator of an awesome resolution.

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  • Hamish Cole

    I have long said that each Trust should have at least one Lead Nurse who has experience of the HM Forces and their own needs be appointed.There are plenty of TA Nursing Officers in Trusts who could do this job. They have the knowledge, contacts, attend Military updates and FE by the MOD and know the pressures, languages, both technical and slang used by Tri-Service personel. It has been proven that Forces personel are more at ease talking to either ex or serving medics and nurses who understand their unique situation. So come on Trust Directors look at your nurses which ones are still serving in the TA ,use them.
    Hamish Cole Lancashirecare Foundation Trust and serving TA Nursing Officer

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