SVC Recommendation 16: Identifying Veterans
The Armed Forces and Veterans Joint Health Group should oversee work to increase the number of veterans declaring their previous service to GPs and others in the system. This will likely involve NHS(S), MOD and veterans organisations.
Scottish Government update:
Commissioning for adult health and care services is undertaken by Integration Joint Boards (IJBs). They have a duty to consult their constituent populations and service planning is undertaken based on a population needs assessment. These will include needs of specific population groups such as veterans where they can be identifiable in health statistics or via the stakeholder engagement process. National Records of Scotland propose including a question in the 2021 census to provide robust statistics on the size, location and profile of our veterans population in Scotland. The final decision will be made by the Scottish Parliament via a draft Order, to be laid in early 2020. We will continue to work with NHS Champions to better understand and overcome the barriers to veterans identifying themselves.
SVC evaluation of status:
Partially implemented / ongoing