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Veterans Health – Community Veterans Mental Health Service
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Announcement l Background l What treatment will the Pilot clinics provide? l Frequently Asked Questions

Community Veterans Mental Health Service LogoThe Department of Health and the Ministry of Defence have launched the first of a number of pilots designed to ensure that NHS health professionals have appropriate support and available expertise they may need to treat veterans with mental health problems. The four UK health departments, the MOD, and the charity Combat Stress, have been working together closely to develop and pilot a new model of community-based mental health care.

Centred on the client and GP, these arrangements will make it easier for veterans with concerns about their mental health to seek and access help. The pilots will provide veterans with a service, led by a Community Veterans’ Mental Health Therapist that will offer understanding of the particular issues for those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Treatment options will include the commissioning of services offered by Combat Stress. The first pilot has begun in Stafford, which will cover Shropshire and Staffordshire. Pilots in Camden & Islington, Cardiff, and Bishop Auckland have also launched and these will be followed with Cornwall and Scotland.

In the interim, the MOD’s Medical Assessment Programme (MAP) offers expert mental health assessments to any veteran with mental health problems who has served in operations since 1982; in particular, for areas not yet involved in the pilots, this offers support where a GP may be concerned that he has not fully understood the military background to a veteran’s problem or who wishes specialist advice on the treatment options. The MAP is currently staffed by Dr Ian Palmer, an ex-serving military medical officer. He is a qualified GP and Consultant Psychiatrist.

Contact Details for the Clinics launched so far:

South Stafford and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Coton House
St George’s Hospital Site
Corporation Street
Stafford ST16 3AG
Tel: 01785 257888 ext 5280

Community Veterans’ Mental Health Assessment Service
Traumatic Stress Clinic,  
73 Charlotte Street, 
Telephone: 020 7530 3666

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Dr Neil Kitchiner - principal Clinician
Monmouth House
University hospital of Wales
Heath Park
CF14 4XW
tel no. 02920742057

Community Veterans Mental Health Service
Trevillis House
Lodge Hill
PL14 4NE
Tel: 01579 335226
Fax: 01579 335245

Ron Rushbrook
Practice Manager

DCMH Chilwell
Chetwynd Barracks
Chilwell, Nottingham
Mil: 94451 4606  Civ: 0115 9574606
Fax:  Mil  94451 4450  Civ: 0115 9574450

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Psychological Therapy Service
Symon Day - Veterans Mental Health Therapist
St Aidans House
St Aidans Walk
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 6SA
Tel: 01388 646 802



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