We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show our support for members of the armed forces community, however they come into contact with the Trust - whether as service users, staff or carers.
The covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community to have the same access to government and commercial services as any other citizen.
Internally, we have established an Armed Forces Staff Network to ensure that the Trust is a great place to work if you are ex-forces or a reservist, with pro-active recruitment and support for people leaving the Forces. The network is also looking to make sure that the Trust provides great care to ex-forces personnel, in line with the NHS commitment to prioritise care for veterans. The staff network is attended by current reservists as well as clinicians and colleagues who have a special interest in supporting ex-Forces personnel.
We have been awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment and support for defence personnel.
I am a veteran or reservist - how can I get support?
There are two main ways to access our services for support:
- Through your GP (family doctor) - who will understand your needs and refer you for treatment. If you don't already have a GP, you can find one near you using the NHS service search.
- By referring yourself directly to our Talking Mental Health Derbyshire service - this service supports people with common mental health problems such as anxiety or low mood to manage their conditions. Learn more on our Talking Mental Health Derbyshire page.
What other support is available?
There are a number of organisations that provide support to veterans and reservists. Below you can find links to the websites of these organisations.
SSAFA - the armed forces charity
Veterans UK - part of the Ministry of Defence.