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Why Focus on the Military Community Increasing public interest in Serving members since Iraq and Afghanistan but needs of veterans reservists and families less well understood Appreciation that there are specific ID: 557471

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Slide1

Veterans, Reservists and Armed Forces Families Health Needs AssessmentSlide2
Slide3

Why Focus on the Military Community?

Increasing public interest in Serving members since Iraq and Afghanistan but needs of veterans, reservists and families less well understood

Appreciation that there are specific

challenges of Service life

Influence of national reports and strategies:

Fighting Fit, a Mental Health Plan for Servicemen and Veterans 2010 (The

Murrison

Report)

The

Armed Forces Covenant

2011

The

Chavasse

Report 2014Slide4

Armed Forces Covenant

The

Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated

fairly

.

The

covenant’s 2 principles are that:

the

armed forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial

services

- special

consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially

for those

who have given most such as the injured

and

the

bereaved. Slide5

Armed Forces Community Covenant

The community covenant encourages local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and promote public understanding and awareness.Slide6

Health Needs Assessment

A

systematic method for reviewing the health issues facing a population, leading to agreed priorities and resource allocation that will improve health and reduce

inequalities

A Veteran:

Anyone who

has served in HM Armed Forces at any time, irrespective of length of service

(

Ministry of Defence)

A Reservist:

Anyone

who is registered as a reserve in the Armed Forces, but is not currently on active duty

Military Family:

The

spouse or partner of a serving person, plus any dependents. More broadly, any members of a family or household unit who experience the impact of Service life of a serving member of the Armed ForcesSlide7

Veterans, Reservists and Armed Forces Families Health Needs Assessment

Two key steps:

Describing the veteran, reservist and Armed Forces families population

Identifying their health and healthcare needs

 Not straight forward due to lack of routinely collected dataSlide8

Describing the Veteran, Reservist and Armed Forces

F

amilies

P

opulation

Veterans:

Extrapolations of national data

Pension and Compensation scheme data

Service leavers data

Primary care records

Reservists:

Permanent home addresses

Armed Forces Families:

Service pupil premium

Children’s Centres’ numbers

Families Federation dataSlide9

Veterans in Hampshire

Extrapolations from national data:

A total of nearly 60,000 veterans living in Hampshire

Around 40,000 of these are likely to be over 65 years old

Around 10:1 males to females

Compensation and Pension Scheme data:

Around 25,000 receive a pension (AFPS or WPS)Slide10
Slide11

Number of Veterans Receiving Armed Forces Pensions by District

District

All

Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS)

All

War

Pensions Scheme

(WPS)

All

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)

Basingstoke and Deane

1,110

325

55

East Hampshire

1,755

385

110

Eastleigh

850

290

30

Fareham

3,745

675

105

Gosport

4,185

710

175

Hart

1,175

270

190

Havant

2,145

570

60

New Forest

1,460

510

150

Rushmoor

1,450

355

475

Test Valley

2,095

500

150

Winchester

1,400

345

105

All

21,370

4,935

1,605Slide12

Veterans in Hampshire

The population of veterans in Hampshire is mostly elderly and suffer with isolation and mobility problems

Musculoskeletal problems are a common health issue and veterans are also more likely than the general population to have sensory problems

The most common mental health problems are anxiety and depression, but some will suffer with complex problems that require specialised help

Only a small proportion of general practices routinely ask patients about their veteran status when they register with a GP

Many of the needs of the ex-

Gurkha

population will be similar to those of the general veteran population, but they have some specific issues often relating to difficulties accessing servicesSlide13

Reservists in Hampshire

There are at least 1256 reservists with permanent home addresses in Hampshire

Reservists tend to be older and have higher educational attainment than regular personnel

The health needs of reservists are likely to very similar to the general population

D

eployments

can result

in a feeling of isolation sometimes resulting in risky behavioursSlide14

Armed Forces Families in Hampshire

Very little data on numbers and locations of Armed Forces families

National data:

S

uggests

32-70% Serving personnel are

married

Service Pupil Premium:

A

round 5,000 Service children in schools in Hampshire

Survey of Children’s Centres:

At least 1,000 families with children under 5 years oldSlide15
Slide16

Armed Forces Families in Hampshire

The issues of deployment and mobility can result in:

Isolation and mental health problems

Relationship difficulties

Psychological welfare of children

Disruption to schooling

Other issues of transition

Some of the potential disadvantage that

Armed Forces

families may experience as a result of their Service life has been mitigated by actions taken in response to the Armed Forces CovenantSlide17

Summary of recommendations

Please note that the following slides are a only a summary of some of the recommendations. For a full copy please reference to the full Health Needs Assessment Document.Slide18

Recommendations: Mental Health

Better

identification of mental health problems related to Service, by increasing awareness of the ways in which they might present and ensure that veterans receive the treatment that is most appropriate for them and their mental health problemsSlide19

Recommendations:

General Practice

Help GPs to better understand the communities they are serving and to recognise and identify veterans, reservists and Armed Forces familiesSlide20

Recommendations

: Children & Families

Raise awareness of the Service Pupil Premium in schools to that uptake of it increases

Continue to work with Children’s Centres to support Armed Forces familiesSlide21

Recommendations:

Gurkha

Population

Influence all partners to better understand the health needs of Gurkhas

and some of the

difficulties with accessing servicesSlide22

Recommendations: Transition

Work with the CCGs and MOD to improve the transfer of notes so that continuity of care is maintained

Work with employers to improve understanding of the needs of reservistsSlide23

Recommendations:

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

Encourage partners to submit applications for the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for projects around 4 priorities:

Veterans

’ Gateway

Families in Stress

Improving local covenant delivery (for Local Authorities)

Community integration / delivery of local services

For

more information about the grants:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covenant-fund

F

or

more information and help with applications

contact Hampshire

Community Support Team Slide24

Summary

The exact numbers and locations of veterans, reservists and military families is hard to estimate but there are a significant number in Hampshire, especially in

Rushmoor

Many of their health and healthcare needs will be the same as the civilian population but they do also face specific challenges

The health and wellbeing of veterans , reservists and

m

ilitary families in

Rushmoor

and Hampshire can be improved by work in key areas:

Mental health

GP practices

Children and families

Gurkha

population

TransitionSlide25

Schools

For further information -

please access the PDL website to see past copies of Supporting Service children briefing sheets

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/education/hias/pdl/understanding-pdl/supporting-service-children.htmSlide26

Schools

Contacts:-

Glyn

Wright

County Inspector/Advisor Personal Development Learning (PDL)

Safeguarding E & I lead, Pupil Premium, Service Children support and

CiC

Inspector (East)

HIAS, Education and Inclusion,

Children's Services Department, Hampshire County

Council

Glynis.wright@hants.gov.ukSlide27

Contacts

Hampshire

Community Support

Team

Melissa Juniper (

Melissa.juniper@hants.gov.uk

) – Team Manager

Jenny

Wilford

(

Jennifer.wilford2@hants.gov.uk

)  – Partnership Officer, Veterans, Military Families and Reservists

Annette Lindsay (

Annette.Lindsay2@hants.gov.uk)  – Partnership Officer,

Gurkha

/Nepali and Foreign & Commonwealth